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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

GENETIC CONTAMINATED FOODS – KILLING PEOPLE

One more term added to the dictionary of pollutions, The Genetic Pollution or Genetic Contamination. The term was popularized by environmentalist Jeremy Rifkin in his 1998 book The Biotech Century. Genetic Contamination or Pollution can be described as the serious side effects  that may occur due the unintentional process of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) dispersing their genes into the natural environment by cross breeding with wild plants or animals in the nature.

Dangers Behind Genetic Contamination:

The dangers behind Genetic contamination cannot be explained with one or two posts. I feel that it need minimum ten big posts to give a clear idea about that. Anyway I will explain few aspects.

Genetic engineering helps institutions or scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in an artificial way.These genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating naturally occurring animals and plants .

This alteration can create new species whose reproduction, health safety, natural good effects are altered in an unpredictable way. Once the natural environment is contaminated with such modified organisms then this cannot be recalled or rectify back to older condition.

What will happen if a crop is Genetically Modified?

There are some good effects for Genetically Modified like controlling weeds, increasing output etc. But the hidden danger is that these GM crops will be mingled with natural breeds and outcome cannot be determined. Moreover, using such Genetically Modified crops will give a monopoly to seed producing Multinational companies. Farmers will have to pay some money to such companies for using the seeds again. Or most of the times, Genetically Modified crops will not produce seeds that can generate next generations, we say it as “KILLER CROPS”

An Example: Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary company of the German chemical giant Bayer AG developed a Genetically Modified rice, – technical name LL62 – has been genetically-engineered to withstand high doses of glufosinate, sprayed on rice fields by farmers to control a wide range of weeds. The weeds will die, the GE rice will survive.

Health Dangers of Genetically Modified crop foods

  • Lack of Safety Testing—Genetically Modified crops produces food that never tested for its long term safety.Toxins and Allergic Reactions or Side effects—Genetically Modified crops are mutated and may create new and higher levels of toxins in foods. This can create some Allergic reactions or even can turn deadly.
  • 37 people died, 1500 were partially paralyzed, and 5000 more were temporarily disabled by a syndrome that was finally linked to tryptophan made by genetically-engineered bacteria.
  • Decreased Nutritional Value—Transgenic foods may mislead consumers with counterfeit freshness. A luscious-looking, bright red genetically engineered tomato could be several weeks old and of little nutritional worth.
  • Presence of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria—Genetic engineers use antibiotic-resistance genes to mark genetically engineered cells. These genes may be picked up by bacteria which may infect us.

Where to find details of a Genetically Contaminated Material Here is a Genetic Contaminated Material Register which will help you to find details of a crop or anything of your choice.This GM register contains details of:

*contamination incidents – where food, feed or a related wild species have been found to contain unintended GM material from a GM crop or other organism

*illegal plantings or releases of GM organisms – when an unauthorised planting or other release into the environment or food chain has taken place

*negative agricultural side-effects – when there has been a report of agricultural problems arising from the GM organism and how it is managed

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3 comments:

ASWANI said...

hello, thanks for this useful and informative post. I am new to this genetic foods and all but it looks really dangerous to me. I think we should avoid using it. Moreover, there shoul be a total ban on such products!

Food & Grime said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and I must say the amount of helpful information contained here is impressive. Keep the posts coming and I look forward to reading them all.

Shona said...

I agree that genetically modified crops can produce risk with allergies, and other side effects. But I also think genetically modified crops that can grow in the harshest regions of African deserts, and corn/wheat that is full of nutrients and vitamins might be a solution for 3rd world hunger where normal organic crops cannot go and food supplies are scarce. So ultimately, genetically modified crops are the only thing that will help solve the world hunger problem, even though it can have some risks associated with it.

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