Genetically Modified Vegetables…A bane or boon  Youth on Health

Genetically Modified Vegetables…A bane or boon Youth on Health

Genetically Modified Vegetables…A bane or boon Youth on Health

Genetically Modified Vegetables…A bane or boon

Every coin has two sides; one might come to conclusion after flipping the coin, but to decide which side holds more value is pretty much impossible. This is exactly what the case is with the GM or Genetically Modified vegetables. Before we start choosing sides as to whether the genetically modified vegetables are good or bad, let us see what GM vegetables exactly are. Genetically modified vegetables are basically vegetables developed in laboratories using special genetic technology which alters the genetic composition of the vegetable. The simple idea behind genetic modification is mixing genes of two different plants, in some extreme cases using non plant genes to manipulate the composition of the plant to achieve the desired results from the vegetables.

As per the records in the year 2009, more than 300 million acre of land was used around the world to plant these transgenic crops. Millions of farmers preferred switching to these crops due to the numerous benefits they hold. Some of the most evident reasons for switching to the genetically modified crops is that they resistant to pests and herbs, i.e. not too much of pesticide is required to protect the crops. These crops also take lesser time to harvest which allows the farmers to subsequently increase the production of their crops. For the consumers, these vegetables are comparatively tastier and constitute more nutrients than the non modified vegetables.  Such genetically modified plants are resistant to frost and also some other plant diseases which tend to destroy the plants. The fact that these vegetables contain more nutrients than their non modified counterparts; they are the best things for malnourished areas. Plants like corn, brinjal, tomatoes are a few of the plants which are being genetically modified.

On the other hand, a section of the population is completely against the idea behind the GM vegetables. There have been a lot of criticisms which have been developed after a lot of research and experimentation with these vegetables. It was found that the mortality rate of the monarch butterfly caterpillars had increased due to their interaction with the pollen from the B.t. corn. Scientists also fear that the pesticides will eventually adapt to the new forms of vegetables which would alter the genetic structure of the pests and at the same time leave no way out for the scientists to protect the plants. It was also found that plenty of people started developing rashes and allergies due to negative reaction with the GM vegetables.

It is therefore extremely difficult to decide how harmful these vegetables might be for humans, but in my opinion, changing the natural course of environment has never really benefited people.

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