Genetically Modified Crops are Out in the Lab

Genetically engineered plants had become a widespread several years ago. There are some scientists who are against this kind of technology, but others, well, approves with this technology.

Recent news have been coming out that there are genetically engineered products out in the laboratories.

Genetically engineered products are crops that are modified so that their nutrition will be enhanced, the fruits will be larger than usual, or to have longer shelf lives.

It has long been an issue that genetically engineered products are not safe for humans. It also is an issue that big companies, especially in big, successful countries, would not be able to prevent the spread of these products.

According to some consumers and scientists who are against these, if the genetically modified crops will go in the wild, the possible thing that would happen is that it will probably affect the ecological balance of nature and will could present danger to humans and animals who consume these kinds of crops.

Scientists reported that genetically modified plants had escaped from labs and were discovered growing in United States. In the field research conducted in North Dakota, it has been discovered that genetically modified crops of canola are spreading in the countryside and mingling with other existing grains. This event is said to have been “creating transgenic strains of canola.”

Scientists who discovered this further explained that the unintentional spreading of genetically modified canola could have some serious implications on the area, to other existing crops and humans living near the area.

Cynthia Sagers of University of Arkansas said that the observations could have “important implications for the ecology and management of native and weedy species, as well as for the management of biotech products in the US.”

They cited an example, with the case of the genetically modified canola which possesses the trait of being resistant to certain herbicides that makes the crops harder. But if this trait is passed on other plants, such as an invasive weed, it will become disastrous, considering that it will be difficult to eradicate.

However, there have been unknown effects regarding the intake of such products that are based scientifically. Other genetically modified products were brought into market, like the Flavr Savr tomato, but the sudden drop of the product was not because it’s a GM product, rather its costliness.

Experts in this technology are still discussing what will be done to genetically modified plants. Others are looking forward to the labeling of the GM products, having it tested and verified to food agencies before letting it out to the market.