ISSUE 1: What are the known noxious traits of GMOs?
Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are organisms whose genetics have been altered, resulting in the acquisition of a gene from a different organism. The purpose of these alterations is to make the final organism more resistant to certain insects or herbicides, as many farmers often overuse them. The majority of people consider GMOs to be very safe, but have you once stopped to think how true that is?
To give you an idea, in recent years as the question concerning the safety of GMOs has been asked around, more and more people have started putting this method aside. The main reason being the appearance of genetically modified crops has boosted the sale of toxic herbicides, the most prominent being Roundup®. Its use alone has increased fifteenfold since GMOs have appeared on the market. A 2015 report by the World Health Organization noted the product was ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’. As vague and uncertified this statement is, there is still much risk to be associated with GMOs. Along with Roundup®, GMOs have generated so-called ‘superbugs’ and ‘superweeds’. These can only be eliminated by more poisonous products, as noxious or more so than the herbicides. One example is 2,4-D which is a main ingredient of Agent Orange, a mix of herbicides first used in the Vietnam War to destroy trees that provided cover to the enemy.
In terms of health hazards, GMOs aren’t directly dangerous for humans. A collection of data was released under a report in 2016 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and it indicated that generally-speaking, genetically engineered foods did not have a different effect to their non-genetically engineered counterparts.