How Biotech Corporations and GMO Crops are Threatening the Environment and Humankind Alike
Through the mass genetic modification of nature via GMO crops, animals, biopesticides, and the mutated insects that are created as a result, mega biotechnology corporations are threatening the overall genetic integrity of the environment as well as all of humankind.
As the production and consumption of GMO crops continue to soar, it is becoming increasingly apparent that consumers worldwide are unknowingly participating as ‘test subjects’ in a massive experiment on the long-term effects of GMO crops and ingredients.
In fact, nearly 93% of US soybeans are genetically modified in order to resist powerful weed-killers that were found to be killing the actual soybeans as well as the weeds. So it turns out that the weedkiller was actually strong enough to kill the soybeans, yet it is considered safe for consumption. After the genetic alteration, these powerful weed-killers now simply drench the genetically modified soybeans.
The Dangers of GMO Crops, Biopesticides, and the Threat of Mutation
Besides the weed-killers, GMO crops themselves are also endangering your health even without pesticides. Shockingly, a review of 19 studies announced that consumption of GMO corn or soybeans may lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice – particularly in the liver and kidneys. The researchers also mentioned that GMO soybean and corn varieties contribute to “83% of the commercialized GMOs” that you may currently be consuming if you purchase conventional produce.
Following current trends, genetically modified food products will makeup the majority of the future food supply if a change is not made. Statistics show how GMO crops and ingredients have skyrocketed in even the past few years.
Of course organ disruption is not the only side effect of GMO consumption, or even the most startling. The threat to nature, your body, and the entire ecosystem is what is the most concerning. Genetically modified mosquitoes, funded by the owner of 500,000 Monsanto shares Bill Gates, were recently unleashed into the environment to freely interact with regular insects. Of course the release was toted as an amazing method of combating the growth of the mosquito population and the subsequent spread of disease.
The study involved about 19,000 genetically modified mosquitoes which were released in the Grand Cayman Islands over a 25-acre area for four weeks.
In addition to the genetically modified mosquitoes, other insects have actually developed mutations in response to Bt exposure — a toxin used in GMO crops as a biopesticide. As many as 8 populations of insects have developed resistance as a result, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and at least 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole. So not only are the crops causing mutations, but as a result biotech scientists are now even further modifying Bt to be even more potent. In tests, however, the insects still were able to mutate and resist the disease.
Just as the scientists did not expect the insects to mutate to the point of complete immunity, there may be many other consequences as a result of GMO crops and biopesticides. And for what?
The very same study also took time to mention how alternative and sustainable forms of organic farming should be utilized. The study concludes that:
Alternative organic, sustainable methods of farming provide a realistic alternative, independent of reliance on agrobiotech corporations.
This is why nations around the world are banning and uprooting GMO crop fields, thereby putting an end to the genetic manipulation of the planet before the proverbial roots of genetically modified creations dig too deep. Hungary has led the charge, destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds. Peru has also passed a monumental 10-year ban on GMO foods.
Through spreading information and speaking out, GMO crops and biopesticides are being phased out and even banned in some countries. Even small amounts of activism can result in major geopolitical change.
Natural Society staff contribution