A 20-year study conducted by independent researchers has been circulating articles since the beginning of the year, aiding in anti-Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) advocates’ arguments.
The long-term study done by researchers from the University of Maryland and Benzon Research examined the strength certain genetically modified processes have on corn and cotton in defending against insects.
The article effectively brings about some concerns in the GMO field that point to the inevitable evolution of certain species and their ability to adapt to the resistances crops can be modified with.
While certain anti-GMO advocates will cite the study as an example for the futility of GMOs, the necessity and realistic applications of the modifications outweigh this one controlled instance.
The stigma glazed over GMOs is purely conceived by those misled by the notion that “organic is best.”
Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is slowly getting on board as it recently passed the production of the very first genetically modified animal–salmon. One controversial stipulation to the modified organism, however, is that it would not need to be labeled as such, contrary to the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
However, the FDA has been met with an enormous amount of criticism over the order and has halted production until an agreement has been met on the issue of labeling.
Those against this approval argue the fact that it not being labeled is wrong and the possibility of contamination is “considered a certainty,” according to realfarmacy.com, a health news site.
With 15 million households being considered “food insecure,” according to worldhunger.org. With that in mind, the need for GMOs will, at some point, conquer the need for some “organic-all-natural” miniature food that costs twice as much.
Not only do GMOs allow scientists to test the organism before it’s put out for the public, they can be modified so that pesticide proliferation can be reduced tremendously, according to a 2014 meta analysis funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
The study showed that chemical pesticide usage was lowered nearly 40 percent in GMOs.
With technology creating these miraculous opportunities for farmers and people around the world to eat, live and thrive, the negative connotations that GMOs are faced with should be dispelled as fast as the food they produce grows.
Though the isolated case of corn and cotton being susceptible to evolving insects is undeniably something that needs further research and prevention, it’s nothing to cancel the production of crops and foods for the world over.
Even peanuts are being tested to breed a new hypoallergenic version. This leads to a multitude of benefits like children with nut allergies not having to worry about having a reaction in school or being able to enjoy peanuts at baseball games.
And before the naysayers point out that it won’t taste like a peanut, take a minute and consider that around 92 percent of the corn we eat is genetically modified, along with 77 percent of papayas, 94 percent of soybeans and 95 percent of sugar beet crops, according to the USDA.
The solution should be found in proper research and understanding. It’s a bleak and morbid thing to realize; that the world is starving and the only real way to fix it is to engineer its resources to be bigger and better.
Despite the constant criticism of the unnatural aspect of GMOs, there is a clear need for them. Huge is the best way to go. It’s the American thing to do.