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Arguments against GM

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10 simple arguments against GM food :

  • Genetic manipulation breaks through natural barriers, it combines characteristics of organisms in a way that could never be possible in nature.
  • Genetic engineering is not sufficiently developed and tested to be used in the food chain and is based on outdated notions about the workings of DNA. Moreover, the development of only one GM plant variety costs millions, money that can be spent on more sustainable alternatives.
  • The long-term effects on health and nature are largely unknown and insufficiently researched. Not all research findings that indicate problems with GMOs are made public.
  • Genetic engineering is a threat to biodiversity. It promotes the expansion of monocultures in agriculture. Many plants and animals in the vicinity of the fields can not survive this kind of treatment. Also, the diversity of agricultural crops declines, causing susceptibility to diseases or pests to increase.
  • Because the vast majority of GM crop cultivation is pesticide-resistant, this type of agriculture means simply more use of agricultural pesticides. Weeds, pests and diseases develop resistance to the common pesticides, and so more aggressive pesticides are used.
  • There is no question of higher yields in the longer term. GM seed is more expensive. Moreover (GM) monocultures depleat the soil, leading to smaller harvests. In the meanwhile local varieties that give a better harvest, because they are well adapted to local growing conditions, vanish.
  • Through the cultivation of GMOs, contamination of conventional crops is inevitable. This means that there is no guarantee that GMO-free produce will remain possible. Consumers and farmers will have no choice any more.
  • With patents on genetically engineered plants, the hold of biotech multinationals such as Syngenta, Pioneer and Monsanto on the orrigen of our food becomes even greater. They may force farmers to pay commission as their conventional crops get contaminated by patented genes from GM crops. Furthermore, farmers are no longer allowed to save seeds for their own use, while 90% of farmers worldwide is dependent on this ancient practice.
  • Nobody wants GMOs: they are of no use to consumers and farmers. They do not increase the income of farmers and they do not make food healthier. GMO cultivation is mainly serving the interests of international agro business.
  • There are alternatives to GMOs that ARE sustainable: that don’t deplete the soil nor pollute the environment because they need less pesticides and fertilizers. So certainly in the long term GM free is more sustainable. And here how GM Watch formulates it: http://www.gmwatch.eu/10-reasons-why-we-dont-need-gm-foods