THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011
GMO products help farmers take better care of the environment as well. Since many GMO crops were developed to protect them from insects, diseases, or weed infestations, farmers no longer have to apply as many pesticides to protect crops from these pests. This provides greater protection to wildlife, water supply, and human beings. GMO crops that are tolerant to Glyphosate add further benefit because Glyphosate is a general use pesticide that has NO soil activity, as it is a contact killer, therefore is unlikely to enter sources of water, unlike some of the pesticides that were used in the past. By the way, Glyphosate is a product that is widely used by homowners to control weeds in their lawn. Another environmental benefit of herbicide-tolerant crops is that they allow farmers to do less tillage, which reduces soil erosion as well.
GMO products are regulated by not only the USDA, but the FDA and the EPA as well and have to undergo a very stringent approval process not only in the United States, but worldwide, where approval and acceptance has taken a long time in come countries, but has become approved throughout much of the world. That tells me that thousands of highly qualified scientists have studied and reviewed these crops and have given their approval, sounds relatively safe to me.
As I sit here, I begin to think of the many things that GMO crops could be used for. Not only to help feed the exploding world population, but who knows, maybe someday GMO crops will be grown that will provide medicine, maybe even certain crops that have high incidences of food allergies can be modified so that they are safe for everyone to eat. The sky is the limit!