Not long ago, the world watched at genetic engineering technologies with hope – the hope to avoid famine for the growing population of the Earth. Recently, we are witnessing a mass hysteria about the possible dangers of using GMO foods, in other words foods produced with the help of genetic engineering. As usually, the threat is not where the public is looking for it. Let’s see what this social bias is all about.
Why did the GMO hysteria start?
On the one hand, the anti-GMO hysteria started because farmers from the EU hardly managed to compete with American agricultural producers. In fact, no matter how the EU offered us the “organic farming” scam, the European agriculture producers were not about to sell something much different from American or Chinese GMO. The Europeans merely protested because they lost the market competition in the past decade and farming in the EU relies on state funding.
On the other hand, a new market niche appeared. Speculators can now offer a lot of foods that may be rich in preservatives and pesticide, pollution remains, but with no American or Chinese GMO. A great idea – let the goofs buy all that rubbish thinking that it is good for their health!
GMO – an economic weapon
The supply with GMO seeds is a good way to put the agriculture producers in many countries on their knees. Here’s the mechanism: if you refuse to buy the GMO seeds, the bank refuses to give you a loan, so you can hardly survive on the market.
What is more, some GMO cultures are developed to be sterile, i.e. you cannot replant the offspring of GMOs because you will get no harvest. It may sound as fiction, but making a plant produce sterile seeds is a patented technology.
Last but not least, the monopoly over genetic engineering is being hold by big transnational companies that will not allow poor countries to develop their own means to get higher yield. Monopolists will use the methods mentioned above to enslave the agriculture of poorer countries.
Instead of a conclusion: are GMOs always bad?
No, they are not. Genetic engineering may be used to eliminate allergens from plants, ensure higher yields and make plants more resistant to pests. Non-GMO production overdosed with pesticides and herbicides (that are cancerogenic) is no less harmful than GMO production. It is good to know that many useful drugs are produced with the help of GMO bacteria.
So, if used correctly, genetic engineering can be very useful. The problem is that it is in the hands of companies that need to get their profit as fast as possible without closely examining the possible side effects of their inventions. And, what is really inhumane, they use the population of poorer countries as laboratory animals.
Category: COMMON SENSE