Genetically Modified Organisms

The Negatives and Potential Threats

Health Threats

  • New specimen and allergen could be created due to breeding, which could be very harmful and cause an increase in allergies.
  • Many genes that resist antibodies have been added to genetically modified organisms, and if the bacteria in our bodies get that antibiotic resistance, we could be prone to diseases that bacteria can resist and our bodies cannot fight off.

Harmful to the Environment

  • Genetically Modified crops could be fatal to the animals that help fertilize, pollinate, and consume these crops.
  • Insects and other pests could adapt to these crops, creating "superbugs" that can stand the pesticides.
  • Similar to "superbugs", "super weeds" can adapt to the genetically modified crops and become resistant to herbicides.
  • Not only are weeds becoming "super weeds", but some genetically modified crops are becoming weeds too, taking over other crops.
  • Viruses may take some of the adaption and resistance from genetically modified crops and attack a large portion of crops, without being killed off.

Against Nature

  • Genetically modifying crops is unnatural; plants and animals are not meant to be modified for the benefit of people. Nature does not naturally mix different kinds of plants, so people shouldn't either.
  • Vegetarians and other people who do not consume animal products, may still be consuming animal genes that have been bred in with the plants. This breeding is causing consumption which is against some religions.
  • The organs and bones of the animals cannot keep up with the growth, therefore they can barely hold themselves up. Not only are GMOs a potential threat to people, but to animals as well.

Profit vs. Health

  • Many biotech firms are very aware of the potential harms that these genetically modified crops pose to the consumers, but still continue to do it because it makes for a much larger profit.
  • Instead of focusing on the needs of the world, and the billions of starving people and people in less developed countries, these biotech firms are focusing on corn, cotton, and other high volume crops that will benefit their companies and raise their profits.

Food Critics and Regulations

  • GMOs have quickly boomed and are very prominent in large biotech firms, especially in the United States, that the processed and modified foods have not been properly tested or debated for consumption.
  • The companies that do examine these foods (FDA, Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency), are careless and not efficient in overseeing food regulations.
  • Crops and food that have been genetically modified are not required to be tested or labeled, so you cannot be sure you're eating modified foods or not.