Should GM be persued at all costs?

Having recently read an article called “The Truth About Soya”, my answer to this is no.  This article highlighted the devastating affects that genetically modified soya crops are having on the South American rainforest.  This region has a particularly rich biosphere, for example, in the Atlantic Forest in South America alone, there are over 8,000 plant species, over 450 types of trees, as well as twenty critically endangered species in existence here.  Thanks to the planting of GM soya however, less than a 10th of the original forest still remains and many of these rare and wonderful species are disappearing as a result.

You may ask why are these new GM soya beans are so lethal for the environment.  Well the answer is as follows: These new GM soya beans which have been produced by Monsanto are subject to a very special piece of legislation, which allows plantation owners to spray vast areas of land with a herbicide, which is so powerful that it wipes out all other plants except the GM soya beans.  The result is that many countries rich biodiversity is being wiped out completely.  A 2008 Friends of the Earth report estimates that another 1.5m hectares of Atlantic Forest could be wiped out to soya expansion by 2020 due to the increasing demand for this product.

Therefore is this soya bean really worth all this damage to our ecosystem?

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5 comments on “Should GM be persued at all costs?
  1. michf says:

    I am very much against GM foods. I just don’t believe that we should be playing around with nature’s DNA.

    I came across this interesting article which lists 50 HARMFUL EFFECTS OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) FOODS.
    “This article not only disputes the industry and certain government officials’ claims that genetically-modified (GM) foods are the equivalent of ordinary foods not requiring labeling. It offers an informative list of the vast number of alarm signals, at least fifty hazards, problems, and dangers. also interspersed are deeper philosophical discussion of how the “good science” of biotechnology can turn against us as a thano-technology, grounded in a worldview that most seriously needs to be revised.”

  2. shaneennis says:

    I completely agree with the two previous sentiments. While I understand the various economic reasons for the utilization of genetics in food manufacturing (the practice of naturally changing the genetic composition through selective breeding in plants has been around for a long time) I think that creating these solutions inside laboratories is a dangerous, not least because of the effect it has on essentially eradicating natural plant life which has naturally evolved over millenniums.

    If anyone is concerned about GMOs I would highly recommend the documentary Unnatural Selection – Dangers of GMO Foods; it provides a fascinating insight into note only the ecological/biological ramifications of the GMO industry but also exposes some of the unethical practices of leading companies in the field (such as Monsanto).

    Link for Unnatural Selection – Dangers of GMO Foods:

  3. kynengia says:

    I completely agree with all regarding this subject. I believe there is a reason for nature’s ability to sustain the “Ecosystem”.while the potential problems associated with GM foods remain unclear, caution should be exercised. However, I’m also of the opinion that GM foods are one of the evolutionary discoveries of science to be explored only for short term needs (intervene the hunger pandemic in some countries).

  4. jeremy says:

    I would not argue with the sentiments put forward above, and the Precautionary Principle must be applied here (especially if Monsanto are involved!). I am just left wondering if there is any room for GM crops if they are developed and applied responsibly. I am happy to be persuaded otherwise!

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