Right now there are many people around the world that say that Genetically Modified (GM) plants and animals should be forbidden to be used and/or grown for public consumption. GM is defined as “Direct human manipulation of an organism genome (the organisms hereditary information) using modern DNA technology.
There is the other side of the coin which is letting everything stay the same. This would mean that there would not be a special grain able to grow in arid lands like Ethiopia or Somalia where people die by the thousands per year because of starvation. The rest of the world is having a tough time trying to feed themselves, let alone countries that can’t pay for all that they need.
On the edge of the coin is that over the centuries a process to help grow/raise crops/animals that will survive in other areas or produce a better quality of product. But this takes generations to finally get near to what you need. This does not guarantee that the product would come out as you want it to be.
Just think of the lovely tulip. It started in a monastery in Austria as a weed, in a couple of colors. But now they are raised by the millions in Holland in hundreds of colors. This was accomplished by cross-pollination (within the tulip family).
There is also the case of the long-horned steers in Texas. They started out as normal cows that were left by themselves and developed into the legendary Long Horns. This breed developed an immunity to certain diseases and has been cross-breed with other types of cows to develop a cow that can be raised in Tropical lands to provide a more meaty-insect and disease repellent animal for food. This is to provide more protein into the people’s diet that before was mainly vegetables and other natural foods that were not that rich in calories or proteins. The meat that they did eat was some fish or in other areas away from the seas or rivers, they would eat large birds and monkeys.
This is well and good you say, but it took decades to create these animals and plants where if they had used GM it would have been starting to produce within a decade. If you think that you would rather wait for the possibility that it might(?) work. Then you can continue to protest GM and let thousands more die due to hunger or malnutrition in the mean-time.
Personally I am glad that they have started to do GM (first discovered in 1982) and be able to grow more disease resistant plants and animals that can be grown all over the world to feed the world.
- New Study: Bt gene retards growth, causes sterility in GM crops (via Food Freedom) (wilderside.wordpress.com)
- If You Need to Ask, It’s Probably Genetically Modified (fooducate.com)
- Belgian Protesters Destroy GM Field Trial (davidscommonplacebook.wordpress.com)
- USDA funded project to create a GM corn that sterilizes people (yourdaddy.net)
- GM to invest $49M in Ind. plant, affecting 91 jobs (sfgate.com)
- Chinese GM Cows Produce Human Breast Milk (news.sky.com)