Following the recent activism against Monsanto’s genetically modified agricultural products in nations such as France and Hungary, Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki of Poland announced that they will launch a ban on growing the genetically modified strain of maize (corn) called: MON810.
Sawicki followed up on this by also saying that the pollen of this modified maize strain could also have a negative effect on bees as well.
France recently also made an impact in the GMO debate by requesting the European Commission to suspend authorization to Monsato’s genetically modified maize (corn).
It has also been reported recently that seven European countries including Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland and Slovakia have blocked a proposal by the Danish EU (European Union) presidency to allow the cultivation of genetically-modified plants on the continent.
Genetically modified foods (GMO) refer to foods that have been genetically altered for a various number of reasons ranging from making fruit or vegetables larger, to resisting pesticides, herbicides, and/or insecticides. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms.
The fuel for the heated debate regarding GMOs is often around the reported unintended effects such as when a crop is engineered to include a toxin intended to kill certain insects, which then leads to ‘adapted’ or sometimes referred to as ‘mutant’ insect populations that are directly resistant to the same biopesticide.
The largest and most heated part of the public discussion surrounds what unanticipated effects GMO food items may also be having now and in the future on animals and humans consuming such products.
We must ask the question, are GMO foods really the solution, and at what cost?