What are the negative effects of GM crops?
It is known that the main concerns about adverse effects of GM foods on health are the transfer of antibiotic resistance, toxicity and allergenicity. There are two issues from an allergic standpoint.
What are some arguments against GM crops?
Why we are against GMOs
- Biodiversity. Where they are grown, GM crops occupy large surface areas and are linked to intensive monoculture systems that wipe out other crop and ecosystems.
- Toxic Crops, Toxic Land.
- Corporate Control.
- Threat to Small-Scale Farmers.
- Food Culture.
How might GM crops affect the environment?
A major environmental concern associated with GM crops is their potential to create new weeds through out-crossing with wild relatives, or simply by persisting in the wild themselves. The potential for the above to happen is assessed prior to introduction, and is monitored after the crop is planted as well.
How do GMOs affect society?
GM crops also help lower the environmental impact by making more efficient use of plant protection products, using less land to produce more food and conserving biodiversity, which allows many different kinds of plants and animals to exist in an environment.
Are GMO foods harmful?
A group of scientists did an extensive review of research on the safety of crops from GMOs over the past 10 years. They found no significant harm directly tied to genetic engineering. And the American Medical Association thinks genetically modified foods are OK.
What is one economic disadvantage of using GM crops?
In part (c) the response provides an economic advantage of increased profits associated with GM crops, which produce a higher yield per acre, earning 1 point. The stated economic disadvantage, which refers to the potential cost of the GM seeds (“pay more money for seeds”), earned a second point.
How do GMOs hurt the economy?
Adoption of GMOs into seed markets could lead to farmer dependence on corporations that control the price and supply of seeds. The cost of switching from traditional to genetically modified seeds could also lead to increased inequality among farmers, as poorer smallholders will be left behind by their competitors.