The Bad Side of GMOs

By: Nithin Pingili

Safety

  • Potential human health impacts, including: allergens, transfer of antibiotic resistance markers, unknown effects
  • Potential environmental impacts, including: unintended transfer of transgenes through cross-pollination, unknown effects on other organisms (e.g., soil microbes), and loss of flora and fauna biodiversity

Access

  • Domination of world food production by a few companies, which could result in unequal dstribution.
  • Increasing dependence on industrialized nations by developing countries can cause the developing countries to be slow in developing.
  • Biopiracy, or foreign exploitation of natural resources

Standards

  • Violation of a natural organisms' natural values against their will can be wrong.
  • Tampering with nature by mixing genes among species
  • Objections to consuming animal genes in plants and vice versa
  • Stress for animal to have their genes modified to make a better adapted organism.

Society

  • New advances may be skewed to interests of rich countries because of the funding required by GMOs projects. It is certain that LDC's are less likely to have GMO research centers because of other funds they have to provide to their citizens (ex: Education, Health Care, etc.). So this could defiantly put a big difference in science innovations from MDC's to LDC's.