Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAgriculture · 1 decade ago

why can't crops be genetically modified and be organic?

I know that's how the government requires them to be labeled, but less land and less resources would be used to produce what could also be a better product. i don't see how genetically modifying is a bad thing. wouldnt it be good if there were atleast a "sub-organic" classification? i think it would be best to have organic be genetically modified, as theses crops can have a smaller impact on the environment.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Organic crops are GM modified. All crops are GM modified. Human beings have been selectively breeding crops (GM modification) for thousands of years.

    The only difference is that now we can use genetics in order to better control the modification to the plants.

    The reason GM has such a bad reputation was due to a discredited research paper published in the mid nineties. Basically someone did an experiment feeding rats and mice GM potatoes and this causes massive stomach damage and death. The reason it did this is because he fed them raw potato that is poisonous. He fed his control animals normal rat food (if they had fed them normal potatoes they would have died horribly as well). This got into a journal (which it was pulled from not long after) got into the press and caused all the bad rep for it. Anyone pointing out the fact his research was totally crap gets told they are helping a government conspiracy.

    GM crops are fine for you and due to pollination something like 99% of all non GM crops (by this i mean those we haven't used genetics ourselves and have only altered by breeding) contain some amount of GM genes in them.

    Source(s): MSc analytical Bioscience
  • 1 decade ago

    There are several practical problems with GM crops.

    1. GM seeds are patented and you are not legally allowed to replant from the seeds you harvest from your crops. This is to insure that the farmer is dependent on the source of the GM seeds and does not become independent, as most would desire if they could.

    2. By raising GM crops, they are superior to organic crops as they produced far more at harvest time per seed than organic crops do due to the fact that organic crops loose a lot to insects and diseases. So this appears to be a plus. But take a look at the bigger picture. It also allows the human population to continue to increase with no limits. Eventually humanity becomes unstable because any minor problem concerning droughts or other environmental changes could precipitate a cascading problem of famine, human disease, and wars over control of diminishing raw materials. It might be better to face the problem of uncontrolled increase in human population now while we can.

    3. GM Crops are something new and we really don't know what other consequences that might be created by their use. That doesn't make them a bad thing but it does mean we should closely monitor their effects.

  • 1 decade ago

    Genetically Modified Crops

    1-Do we really know what we are doing?

    2-Have we evaluated the risk? Remember bacteria and viruses are used to modify and we could be risking a list of new bacteria and viruses with who knows effects on the human sector.

    3-Are we opening a "Pandora's Box" with this?

    4-Will this country be let known that they are purchasing genetically modified foods? This has already happened with a tomato paste and the public was not let known. This is an invasion of democracy. (Read Soya Bean and Maize Imports of G.M.)

    Organic or not organic?

    Organic is not nutritionally better.

    It costs more.

    There may be less residue of sythetic pesticides but because of having more insects and weeds to contend with, the organic crop produces more natural toxins to fight these invaders that can be just as harmful or even more so than synthetic pesticides. Such as Solanine.

    If manure is used to fertilized this increases the risk of contamination such as E.coli.

    Labelling is too inadequate in this country to be an issue here.

    Source(s): Grew up in a farming comunity.
  • 1 decade ago

    I suppose you can say that genetically modified crops can be grown using organic methods. Pure Organic grains nongmo and all that yield between 40 and 65% less than GMO grains using nonorganic methods. Its tough to justify the organic process if you are looking to maximise your revenue without a price difference between the two.

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