Friday, July 29, 2016

Genetic Engineering/GMOs - Controversy

Genetic-engineering has always been a controversial topic, whether it's about human reproduction or agriculture.

The general public has never responded well to unnatural "frankenfoods". It doesn't seem healthy or ethical, and in reality, crops grown using GMO seeds have never fared well when it comes to taste.

No regulation

The GMO industry has simply grown too fast to pass federal laws to regulate it. In the 1980s, courts found the regulations that do exist to be flawed, and yet they still haven't been revised.

Sadly and frighteningly, GMO farms continue to practice untested, potentially harmful genetic engineering – unregulated and unchecked–, and to this day, there are no requirements to label foods that have been genetically altered.

Prevalence in our food supply

Recent lab tests and industry reports have shown that 60–75% of produce in non-organic supermarkets test positive for these untested genetically modified foods.

With no labeling regulations, there's no way to tell what has been genetically engineered or not.

Addressing global hunger

This has always been a pertinent topic, as one of the main arguments for GMO foods has been our alleged food shortage.

Biotechnology companies and "agri-business giants" claim that using technology and synthetics is the only way we can hope to supply our world population.

In reality, the general consensus of international organizations is that world hunger is not caused by inadequacies of production, but rather distribution and access. The United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization, Greenpeace, Bread for the World, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy all agree that GMO foods are not the solution.

Regardless, not only are GMO seeds too expensive for poor farmers in third-world countries, they are not practical for their specific environment and land conditions.

Historically, single species of GMO seeds are sold to these farms, which then produce a single, uniform variety year after year. Assuming they are not victim to common GMO crop pitfalls, such as overall crop failure, insecticide resistance, and the creation of new "superweeds" and pathogen strains, the farm soil is degraded from mono-cropping and synthetic pesticides, just as it is in the U.S.

We clearly need a better long-term, sustainable solution.
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