Can We Trust GMO Companies?

by EzBillard on September 28, 2017 - 1:43pm

Since they began in the GMO business, Monsanto has caused a lot of collateral damage to the environment with their Genetically Modified crops. For example, their Monsanto Roundup Canola has made organic canola nonexistent in the prairies, according to Saskatchewan Organic Directorate, due do pollen drifting across fields, thereby contaminating the growth of organic canola and making it GMO as well. Their Roundup products have also, over the last thirty years, been shown to reduce the amphibian population as the main active ingredient in it. glyphosate, is very toxic. This same chemical is also known to increase miscarriages in women over 34 as it is lethal to umbilical, embryonic and placental cells at a level much lower than used in farming.

It is also shown that the glyphosate in Monsanto’s products increased the rates of Fusarium head blight (FHB) and Common root rot in crops. These two crop diseases are known to cause illness in livestock and spread more crop diseases. On top of this, glyphosate is also toxic to beneficial bacteria in the intestines that prevent diseases in humans such as diarrhea and botulism, and we have seen an increase as much as 400% of many of such sicknesses since 2000. With all these recently discovered side effects of Monsanto’s products, should we still use their products?

https://proquest-crc.proxy.ccsr.qc.ca/pqrl/docview/1039548290/6CEA46987A...

Comments

This is quite interesting because as the article that was presented takes statements from the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate (imagine the bias that comes from these statements). Although i agree that cross pollination can be a bit of a problem, i doubt that GMO should be completely crossed out as it still provides ample solutions to huge problems such as world hunger and less emissions of GHGs. All i can see from the article is a fight over monopoly, Monsanto which is on "a quest to dominate the planet's agricultural biotechnology sector," against the Organic farmers who will lose even more of their profit if Monsanto takes over. It also mentions glyphosate as a case of miscarriage and illness among livestock even though Extonet (ExtensionToxicology Network) glyphosate " produces no reproductive changes in test animals. It is unlikely that the compound would produce any reproductive effects in humans.". To conclude, i feel that the article presented is quite biased and the facts presented require further analysis.
-Exonet Link: http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/dienochlor-glyphosate/glyp...

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