A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. There has been several controversies over the use of foods and other goods derived from genetically modified crops instead of conventional crops, and other uses of genetic engineering in food production.
20. CREATES SUPERBUGS AND SUPERWEEDS
The good thing about designing a plant with an insecticide gene is it eliminates a lot of unwanted bugs. The downside is that only the strongest insects survive, resulting in a new class of superbugs resistant to both the crops’ implanted toxins and spray-on chemicals.
19. CROSS-POLLINATION CONTAMINATES REGULAR CROPS
GMO seeds are very difficult to contain. Pollen from GM crops has been found to have contaminated nearby crops and wild plants. Many court cases have been won by GMO farmers suing the non-GMO farmers for copyright infringement of their DNA code. Which in turn puts non-GMO farmers out of business.
18. KILLS BEES AND BUTTERFLIES
The methods GMO companies use to pest-proof their crops kills vital beneficial bugs, like bees and butterflies. A Harvard study confirmed that what is killing the bees in such large numbers is the pesticides.