With the rise in genetically modified crops, or GM crops, it has become important to understand the effect of these crops on various aspects of our lives. These genetically engineered crops do not only affect our food intake, and health, but also affect the environment.

To grow genetically modified crops, farmers use a number of chemical fertilizers, which are extremely harmful to the soil in which these crops grow. Moreover, these chemically enhanced crops end up being consumed by humans, and it does a lot of harm to the body. Even certain pesticides which are used to enhance the soil in which the GM crops     kill certain pests which has been known to affect the food chain, and in turn the ecosystem. The balance of the ecosystem, and the diversity of the ecosystem is crucial for a healthy environment. Additionally, some GM crops have been known to cause a number of allergies and even abnormal tumor growths in humans.

Agriculture is become more of a corporate undertaking these days. It has become largely commercial, and the people undertaking genetically modified crop farming are looking to make money and earn a living. However, corporate agriculture defeats the purpose of healthy food in the long run. It compromises with health and environment all to make a profit, and that puts a lot of pressure on those farmers who are still growing crops organically. However, that GM crops aren’t the most economical option. It takes as much time and effort to grow these crops as it does to grow crops which aren’t using so many harmful chemicals.

Corporate agriculture and the lack of environmental responsibility therein has caused a number of ecological problems. Using extensive water resources for irrigation, soil erosion, water and soil pollution, and reduced overall soil fertility are some of the more important problems caused by corporate agriculture. It overuses technology and has boycotted most traditional ways of farming, which has posed serious risks to us and our environment.

The primary sector is the key to all other businesses. While corporate involvement in this sector does prove to be a plus point from a financial point of view, wherein the mass production brings in heavy revenues. However, when one weight out the pros against the cons of genetically modified crops, there are evidently more severe negative points attributed to GM crops than there are positives.

In this day and age when everyone is so health conscious, organic farming but with the help of technological advancements should be used more extensively.

 – Meghna Asangi, Correspondent (Our World)

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