September 29, 2009

No Genetically Modified Volunteers Wanted Genetically modified foods have long concerned consumers from many backgrounds, primarily because people fear eating vegetables or grains that have had the genes of other organisms spliced into them. Besides the potential health issues, opponents have worried that GM plants would cross-pollinate with non-GM plants, contaminating local traditional and organic crops. Yet, GM crops are routinely grown across America, and few people even know when they are in fact eating food made from GM plants. In America, a judge has recently ruled that the environmental impact of GM sugar beets must be studied after plaintiffs argued that the genetically modified seed could cause the spread of super-weeds. The debate also continues in New South Wales, Australia, where volunteer GM canola plants have been found growing along the roads. GM seed giant Monsanto has promoted its lines of seeds across America and the world, offering plant varieties that have been specially designed to resist weed killer. These seeds are not simply the result of careful cross-pollination between different varieties of plants. Rather, they are seeds in which the genes have been selectively spliced and foreign genetic information has been added. Monsanto offers a wide variety of plants that are resistant to glyphosate herbicide, enabling commercial farmers to spray Roundup across their fields to kill weeds without worrying about destroying their crops. American farmers have found the Monsanto seeds handy, but traditional and organic farmers are fearful that the lab-created plants will infect their own crops.


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