GMOs are not an either/or debate

| | August 2, 2017
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On the one hand, GM crops can help us feed poor people in far-flung parts of the world by making food cheaper, with a longer shelf life, and more effective farming techniques can help the environment by reducing pollution, emissions and pesticide use. On the other hand, say opponents, allergies are on the rise, and antibiotics are less effective, both as direct results of GMOs, and genes can migrate to other species, resulting in potentially frightening new strains.

We’re planting different crops, and spraying them with insecticides (or using insect-resistant GM seeds) which diminishes the insects’ food supply. And, if they do ingest the poison, that affects their navigation and communication. Hence the bee problem. Worst of all, we’re destroying our topsoil through a combination of global warming, intensive chemical-heavy farming and deforestation (causing erosion) – so much so that, unless we take urgent action … by 2050 we will have lost three quarters of our arable and productive land per person in the space of just 90 years. And that in turn leads to further global warming, accelerating the whole process.

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But then there’s the counter-argument that GM crops enable us to eat tastier, riper, cheaper, longer-lasting fruit and vegetables….

I’ve learned that, like pretty much everything else in our binary times where everyone’s ‘for’ or ‘against’ everything, there are no simple answers.

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