What are they? How are they affecting us?
Genetically modified organisms are organisms which are engineered in the laboratory for the production of desired biological products. GMO’s produced through genetic technologies have become a part of our daily life. The production of GMO’s is a highly controversial topic in many parts of the world. Genetic modification is used in plants production as well as in reproductive cloning.
This may help us but will always remain a harm for people. Genetically modified foods have lot of negative impact on our body. The most common side effect of consuming genetically modified foods is allergic reaction. This allergic reaction happens when a certain protein or allergen present in the genetically modified crops enters the body and stimulates an immune response. A genetically modified food may also increase its production of toxins at levels already harmful to humans. Such may result from toxins being produced when there is a damage in the “Gene of Interest” during the insertion process.
For the testing of genetically modified products animals are used. In this a lot of animals are harmed and they also die, which is indeed not acceptable. Animals also have their own rights and no one should be allowed to violate them. Animals have their own lives and doing this may also affect their species.
The waste of genetically modified products is drained in rivers and sea which causes water pollution. The sea animals are harmed due to this and the people drinking water from this are also harmed. This results in vast damage as people relying a lot on sea food have to face a lot.
The genetically modified organisms are causing a lot of damage in our society. They may benefit us in some aspects but are silently killing everyone and we are to take some action against it and try to stop it. We are to educate people around us and tell them about the effects of genetically modified organisms. This is the only way we can stop it and protect us.