Effects Of GMOs On Ecosystems
The full effects of GMOs on the environment and ecosystems are largely unknown – damage is evolving as you read. One thing that worries many scientists is genetically modified or genetically engineered crops contaminating adjacent fields of crops or cross-breeding with native plants, thereby corrupting entire ecosystems. The wind blows the pollen from one GM field into the organic field of another farmer. The pollinators (bees, butterflies, etc.) carry the GM pollen to other plants. There is currently a global decline of pollinators, not just honey bees, all pollinators – is it related to GM pollen?
The jolting thing about this question is that it has not been studied adequately. It is known that cross-breeding does occur. How much damage is it doing behind the scenes? How much crossing has already occurred between native plants and GM plants? Will the genetically modified organisms mutate? Will the mutations change the world as we know it and contaminate the world food supply?
This is not to even to consider the many unanswered questions about the effect that the resulting vegetable or fruit may have on humans and animals. Numerous studies have shown extensive ill effects from GMOs, including increased allergies and worse conditions. The evidence is sufficient enough that an unmistakable alarm should have sounded to governments of all nations. To date, the U.S. and Canada still require no labeling of products that contain GMOs – from corn syrup to corn meal, cereals, vegetable oil, canned foods and additives. Additionally, the GMO's are in feed stuffs, so whatever commercial livestock you consume has probably been fed on GM feed. While 60 to 70% of all food consumed in the United States has GMOs present, the Federal Drug Administration has no safety testing requirements but relies on the biotechnology companies to provide their own testing.4
There are too many unanswered questions with genetically modified organisms / foods / crops. Scientists have been prevented from studying the full effects of GMOs because of patents held by the seed companies (i.e. Monsanto and others). This is your food supply – the world’s food supply that is at stake here. Seeds were here from the beginning of time and free for all to use. They were free for the farmer to collect the seeds from his harvest and put them up for next year’s planting. It is a phenomenon of the last decade when seed companies inserted something unnatural to a plant into a seed, then patented the seeds and prevented farmers from using the seeds the next year – they have to buy new seeds. For further reading, please see the reference list below.