More countries ban GMOs
MBABANE – While the use of GM crops is rapidly taking over the world, some countries have taken the bold step to ban these questionable crops.
One of the major reasons behind this is the lack of adequate human testing to evaluate the effects of these crops on human health, both short-term and long-term. According to a website source, tests that have taken place to show that animals which refuse to eat Genetically Modified feed and are subsequently force-fed it develop lesions, abnormalities, disease and some eventually die. There is a concern that humans might respond the same way; there is just not enough evidence that they won’t. Another factor is that GM crops could damage vulnerable wild plant and animal populations and harm biodiversity.
There are too many environmental effects of growing these GM crops, such as cross-pollination, ‘super weeds’ and hazardous GM herbicides which destroy the soil composition.
Once these GM crops have been planted and released into nature, they cannot be recalled. Instead, as living organisms multiply, they will pass any damaging traits from generation to generation. Swaziland currently is awaiting legislation that will regulate GMOs in the country, but at present it is illegal to import live GMOs.
Furthermore, GM crops were hailed for their ability to produce higher yields, a promise which is fast proving to be untrue. According to the same website source, "studies show that the most widely grown GM crop, soya, has suffered reduced yields." The Independent newspaper says that a study carried out at the University of Kansas in the US grain belt found that GM soya produces 10 per cent less food than conventional soya, thus ‘contradicting assertions by advocates of the technology that it increases yields’.
Another concern that some countries have is that genetic modification could create foods that are toxic, allergy causing and less nutritious than their non-GM counterparts. These crops could cause irreversible changes to our food supply, with serious effects on the environment and human and animal health.
There are more than 50 countries that have banned or restricted the import, distribution, sale, utilisation, field trials and commercial planting of GMOs.
During a GMO debate held earlier this year at UNISWA, I and a majority of the attendants told the DPM that we don't want this bio-tech thing in SD because of it's bio and environmental hazard. But bomathandizinto ngive batsi sebakha iBio-tech Park. Kantsi don't they take submissions from the public? The public said, 'NO TO BIO-TECH.' Just because this govt has a lot of money they are trying to please at all costs. Don't pass that Bill please! This thing will backfire, mark my words!
Jun 29, 2012, 4:22 AM, Anthoniser (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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