Genetically Modified Organisms—or GMOs—are engineered foods that have been a hot topic in recent history from an ethical and practical standpoint. However, when they first came about in the mid-1990’s GMOs were advertised as the solution to world hunger, according to the David Suzuki Foundation. The genetically modified crops were touted as immune to pesticides, meaning bigger yields for farmers.
While the first GMO was called the Flavr Savr tomato and approved by the FDA in 1994, there have been many other GMO products that followed suit. However, some problems have… sprouted along the way, and things haven’t gone exactly as planned. Let’s look at six ways GMOs have proven good or bad since then…
1. Insects and Weeds are GMO Pesticide Resistant
One of the major selling points of genetically splicing organic products together has weakened somewhat, adds the David Suzuki Foundation. It explains that nature has found a way to get around the pesticides used on GMO crops, meaning more chemicals need to be used for the desired effect (and also increasing costs).
The Huffington Post said in a 2015 article “over 90% of GMO food acreage is engineered by chemical companies to survive huge doses of weed killer.” The same companies who sell GMO seeds are apparently the same that patent and sell the “toxic” pesticides to treat the fields they grow in, noted the Post.