Genetically modified foods are all in the news lately. Many organizations are actively remonstrating against GM foods.
The word GM foods is universally used to refer to plants produced for human or animal utilization using the most recent molecular biology practices. These crop plants are genetically changed in the laboratory to increase preferred traits. The augmentation of desired traits has conventionally been embarked on through breeding, but these methods can be very prolonged and are not very precise.
Genetic engineering can produce plants with the required desired trait speedily and with great exactness. Use of B.T. genes in corn and further crops can be a good example of GM food.
Our population is increasing day by day and is assumed to double in next coming 10-20 years. Our greatest challenge in coming years is to meet the food requirements of the growing masses.
Genetically engineered foods assures to meet this requirement in many ways:
Crop fatalities from insect pests can be astonishing, resulting in shocking financial hammering for farmers and malnourishment in developing countries. Farmers use countless tons of pesticides which has possible health dangers.
In some crops it is not economical to eradicate weeds physically so farmers often use herbicides to kill weeds. Plants Genetically-engineered plants require fewer amounts of herbicides.
Plants are very vulnerable to disease causing viruses and bacteria. GMF are resistant to viruses.
Many genes from fishes are transferred to plants which increase their resistance to cold.
Genetically altered food are resistant to drought or less water availability.
Modified foods are very nutritious.
Environmental protester, religious associations, public interest sets and other officials have all hoist apprehensions about GM foods.
They cause harm to lining organisms. Of course the harm is unintended.
Weeds develop resistance against different herbicides. In near future they will turn out to be one of the ineffective practices.
Genetically-modified foods have the possibility to decipher world’;;s hunger and undernourishment tribulations, and to facilitate protect and conserve the environment by growing produce and plummeting dependence upon pesticides and herbicides. However there are numerous challenges to come for governments, specifically in the region of security testing, supervision, international strategy and food cataloging.
Many citizens sense that genetic engineering is the predestined signal of the prospect and that we cannot snub a technology with colossal latent profit. However, we must advance with vigilance to keep away from causing inadvertent harm to human well being and the environment.