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‘G’ood ‘M’orning!
Waking up to the GM crops era
14/06/2007

Genetically modified (GM) crops and high yielding trans-gene crops are gaining ground all over the world. Unfortunately, intellectual debate has still not resolved various fears with respect to GM crops. Various analysts forecast that such crops have the potential to entrap farmers (by giving crops that provide no future seeds), cause famine (by destroying natural crops), and genetically affect consumers too. This has confined the future of GM crops to European market. Though now almost 13 countries all over the world grow GM soybeans, maize, corn, cotton or canola, they’re still to deliver on the promised benefits of significantly increasing yields or reducing herbicide and pesticide use. And now arrives research that shows that an accidental genetic recombination between the inserted modified viruses (in certain GM plants) and natural insect viruses may create unmanageable virulent strains (like the cauliflower mosaic virus). In 1989, a new disease caused by the L-tryptophan food supplement (which was produced with GM bacteria) spread through the US. Though it was only 0.1% toxic but 37 persons died and 1,500 were left with permanent disabilities. Can this happen in the future too? If SARS, Avian Flu, and even AIDS can be modern day Frankensteins, without doubt, so can the much fabled GM crops.

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