Bridging the Gap between the Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Plants

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Science and new technology has opened up a number of possibilities. While parents can choose the physical traits of their baby, you can modify the attributes of your plants.

Using genetic engineering techniques, you can now have strong-yielding crops and fast growing trees. The breakthrough allows you to create new plants adding new traits to them that do not occur naturally like the ability to withstand environmental conditions.

So how can genetically modified plants be advantageous for you nowadays? Embracing genetically modified plants could help you become more efficient, protect your yields and reduce your dependence on chemicals.

For one, nutritional value can be added to your modified plants especially to those that lack vitamins and nutrients. In such a way, your plants will grow faster, healthier as well as produce more yields.

Many modified plants also come with pest resistance. You don’t need to buy insecticides because the plants themselves have natural insecticides that make them untouchable to pests.

These plants also come with herbicide tolerance which protects them from foreign agents trying to inhibit your plants growth. In this case, you also don’t need to rely much on fertilizers because your plants are immune to threats of herbicides.

Genetically modified plants could also be built with temperature and drought resistance capability which makes them very ideal if you are in an area commonly affected extreme weather conditions.

Overall, you can gain more income with genetically modified plants resulting from higher crops yields and lesser costs in growing and farming, due to the reduced use of insecticides and fertilizers. Similarly, you alsohelp reduce environmental impacts associated with herbicide and insecticide use on the crops.

Like any other work of new technology, these new-breed plants also have some drawbacks. Existing researches showed that they pose both health and environmental risks.

According to the Biology Department of George Mason University, there are concerns that genetically modified plants contain allergenic substances caused by the introduction of new genes into them resulting into allergenic reaction when you consume these crops. Basically when a new gene is introduced to a plant’s genome, the principal end result is the production of new protein which could be entirely new to your diet.

Another concern is that genetically modified crops may be less nutritious than the naturally grown crops. For example, they might contain lower amounts of phytoestrogens, which help prevent against heart disease and cancer.

In terms of environmental risks, according to Greenpeace,modified crops could be toxic to harmless non-target species. For instance, long-term exposure to pollen from genetically modified maize could adversely affect the behavior and survival of monarch butterfly. The group added that they could also be toxic to beneficial insects like honeybees and lacewings. Moreover, these plants could be a threat to soil ecosystems as many of them secret toxin from their roots into the soil.

Genetically modified plants can be both a blessing and a curse. Over the coming years, new technology is most likely to develop new innovations to bridge the gap between the two. By then, you can maximize the benefits of these plants without, or at least a little, impacts to your health and your environment. For now, genetically modified plants can still be as advantageous as they are.

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