Will Genetic Foods Cost the Lives of America’s Wildlife?
By ZZ Troutski
Technology is seen in some eyes as good…some eyes as bad…and some eyes as simply a real pain. But when it comes to messing with genetics – whether it be animal, human or plant – people are beginning to see technology as something right out of a Stephen King novel.
Delayed-ripening tomatoes; Roundup-Ready soybeans; non-allergenic milk – many genetically-modified (GM) foods have caused wild debates across the country. And now, with the new genetically-modified wheat appearing, (which no one supposedly seems to know how it got in the field in the first place), GM foods in their ‘testing’ stage have become frightening.
Technology experts as well as food regulators spend a great deal of cash trying to figure out what’s good and what’s bad to put in the human body. Unfortunately, the free-ranging wildlife in America, most especially whitetail deer, seem to be falling through the cracks when it comes to offering healthy foods.
Whitetails already are the largest animal kingdom that eats the most GM foods. In fact, about eighty-five-percent of corn and soybeans in America are genetically-modified in some sort of way. These are the crops that make up a significant portion of the farmland deer diet. Reports say that the whitetail are just fine. That no numbers have dwindled and there have been no signs of anything negative. But…what about tomorrow?
GM corn is already showing signs of illness, with environmental organizations in Europe protesting the bad effects of the corn on monarch butterfly caterpillars.
Take this into perspective. Internationally, we now have apprx. 6 billion people; this number is predicted to double in the next fifty years. There is true (and correct) fear about how the globe will be taken care of, and how it is even possible for the natural resources we have left to support numbers that grand.
This is actually why GM foods became popular. With GM foods, the globe supposedly will have the provisions they need to survive. Take, for example, the drought currently happening in the Southwestern United States. GM products and herbicides have been used because of their increased drought tolerance. This GM factor has sunk into the soil and has been taken by the breeze, which has some researchers coming out and saying that future crops could be seriously contaminated if the original research done on GM foods wasn’t done correctly.
It is no surprise that as the world population grows, and more land is used for housing instead of food production, farmers will have to grow crops in areas that were once completely uninhabitable, and unsafe. So the creation of plants that can withstand more of the negatives may just become negatives themselves.
Although there are only a few GM whole fruits and vegetables, processed foods now, more than likely, contain some percentage of genetically-modified ingredients. This is human nutrition. Again, without having the proper research, who knows what the effects may be on humans.
The herds have to taken care of just as much as the humans when the GM process is taken into account. A real concern is that crop plants engineered for herbicide tolerance and weeds will cross-breed, resulting in the transfer of the herbicide resistance genes from crops to weeds. These ‘superweeds’ could become tolerant of literally everything, which means plenty of negatives for the earth as well as the farmer. There are investigations galore out there when it comes to this subject. From the magically-appearing wheat to an investigation regarding purchasing GM seeds from an unknown source. (Farmers claim that their unmodified crops were cross-pollinated from someone else’s GM crops planted a field or two away.)
Messing with the genetic blueprint of our planet could do serious harm; GM seeds, crops, plantlife, etc., can eventually alter the ecosystem and bring on long-term effects that can not be seen clearly right now.
Is there a threat in 2013? Researchers say no. But, as it is with the world population doubling in fifty years, there is no way to know what happens next. Educate yourself and your family; safety is most definitely an issue.
And the debate rolls on.
Source: Sportsmans Life / Baret News Wire