Embracing Genetically Engineered Foods
The world population is constantly growing and expected to be gigantic by 2050. That comes with implications as more souls will out there to feed. The more the population grows, the more space will be occupied and less agricultural land will be there to supply enough food for the growing population. Also there are concerns about the global warming which has adversely affected the agricultural sector and less food is being harvested compared to what the same piece if land could have yielded 20 years ago.
This leaves scientist and modern researchers tasked with the role of providing viable solutions which nations should embrace in raising the yield to feed the growing population. Among the concerns of scientist, an approach which has met much resistance is the cultivation of genetically engineered crops which have better yields and are more resistance to the effects of changing climatic conditions.
GM Crops are Not Unhealthy
Many of the raised concerns among people are that GM foods are poisonous and toxic and can expose people to dangerous healthy conditions such as cancer. As a researcher working with a local agricultural research institute, I would refute such claims which are malicious. Most of the people out there are neither researchers or know little about science and hence easily gullible.
They are easily misled to believe that GM crops can easily lead to cancer. One fact that most people need to be knowledgeable about is that for any substance to be considered carcinogenic, it would take years of research and meticulous studies to come up with the conclusion – taking into consideration the interplay of other factors, genetics, environment etc.
People need to learn that scientist and researchers seek the best methods to grow healthy crops for preparing delicious foods that shed that unwanted belly fat, which have better nutrients and can be grown and have yields in even harsh conditions of little rain etc. They ensure that there are immense possibilities to enable consumers to have better yields hence increasing the food reserves in a country.
They will go an extra mile to ensure food safety and use the best practices in their research which will minimize or completely eradicate chances of the GM crops being unhealthy. They key of commercial production of these crops is to provide enough food to feed the growing population. Again, I’m not saying that we should abolish organic foods as we embrace genetically engineered ones. All I’m saying is that we need to provide a lasting solution for the growing population.
Genetically Engineering of Crops Has Improved the Quality of Food
As I earlier stated, researchers are working tirelessly at ensuring that the crops produced are of better nutritional value to consumers. They have better vitamins and a higher shelf-life than organic foods thus easing transportation and storage without farmers having to incur losses on the same. Moreover, these foods utilize less water, herbicides and can successfully yield better even in harsh conditions. This helps consumers lower the cost of production all the while increasing the yields and thus bettering their lifestyles.
The fact that they are resistance to common crop diseases and insects means that the use of less herbicides is environmental friendly and thus the nutrients in the soils won’t be damaged by the pesticides thus further helping in better and more nutritional yields- this means a better taste and more quality foods. Moreover, there will be fewer pollutants to waters bodies as less pesticide are used. Overall, GM foods are more economical in agriculture in terms of production and supply and this will help feed the growing population with less chances of starvation.