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Transgenics

Every time I read a north-american or european report on nutrition, agriculture, or food’s business, the topic of transgenics rises up. It seems that the northern world is afraid of them.

The last year, countries like Germany started a debate over the honey they were importing from Argentina, claiming that the bees used to fabricate it took the pollen from genetically modified cultivation around the zone they were working on, and thus, the honey was dangerous.

You see, according to lasts years’ numbers, Argentina is the world’s second regarding honey production, and the world’s first regarding it’s exportation, as 95% of it’s production is meant for the external market. The principal destinies are: Germany, the UK, the USA, Italy, Canada, Japan and Australia (source).

So, if our principal client for this product claims that he won’t be accepting our products anymore, as long as it has traces of genetically modified species, how do you think that’d affect us?

The problem between the europeans and transgenics, has a common purposes and ideals with enviromental ONGs. In fact, if you dig up in the laws and statements behind the prohibition of transgenics in some countries in europe, you’ll stumble upon this organizations’ fighting and pressing for it to happen.

Argentina has three different transgenic cultivation approved by the nation’s standards: cotton, corn, and soy. Those three are cultivated through-out the whole country, are perfectly safe, and commercialized inside and outside of Argentina.

I think most people’s fears for transgenics are funded. Let’s look over some facts:

  • Definition: “Transgenic plants are plants that have been genetically modified by inserting genes directly into a single plant cell. Transgenic crop plants modified for improved flavor, pest resistance, or some other useful property are being used increasingly” (source).
  • The fact that they are more resistant to pests, means the usage of dangerous pesticides is lowered, as they are not needed. In other words, less chemicals needed for transgenic cultivation.
  • To start freely selling and cultivating transgenic seeds, they must be first approved after going through very strict tests and exams, as well as fulfilling every single requirement asked by the law. In Argentina, the process to approve a finished seed can last for around 5 years before finally being legalized. So go figure.
  • Transgenical seeds are sometimes modified to have more resistance to extreme weathers, so they can grow in places where it would’ve been impossible for them to grow before. This is incredibly helpful for countries that are not geographically or metheorologically beneficed for agriculture.
  • It adds to the value of the final product, the seed, as it has been injected with knowledge developed by a country’s fourth kind of industry. This is important for countries that are developing, like mine.

So, with all of this said, we can get to a conclusion. Transgenics makes it possible to cultivate on zones where it was impossible before, expanding the limits of most countries’ agropecuary capabilities, it allows for the less usage of what could be dangerous chemicals, as they’re not needed anymore for the plant now defends itself, making the cultivation healthier, and it allows countries with an agro-exporter economy to get more money for their products, while they have also been proved to be completely safe.

What universal issue do you think transgenics help to solve, knowing all this?

Exactly.

HUNGER.

GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are a key part of what will be the fight for a solution for the most endemic situation in the whole world. And this is why the largest interests don’t like them very much.

You see, a country deep in hunger and desperation, is a country with accessible workers, who’d work for nothing if that lets them have some more food, and can be easily replaced by others like them. This is what has been happening in Africa, the south of Asia, and Latin-America for the last centuries, and to the day. And this is why those interests don’t want you to like, or even know, about transgenics.

If you are against GMOs, and have been fighting against them ’till now, then I urge you to look for information elsewhere. Close that book your favorite ONG gave you, and look for scientific facts. You’ll find them if you truly look for them.
You will probably also find, that you have been consuming products that, at some point, had something to do with GMOs, without you even knowing. In the USA, for example, transgenic cotton is approved, and being cultivated freely. Some of your favorite clothes may have been done with it.

So, what are your opinions on this subject? Were you aware of some of the things said here?

-Mila.

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6 thoughts on “Transgenics

    • See? There, they blame the seed itself for something much more important: the state does not protect the small farmers that use these seeds against the rising prices, nor does it impulse the cientific and technologic investigation for the seeds to be produced inside the country, therefor being cheaper. And that’s only to name two things the state could be doing for them, instead of banning the seeds.
      And let’s not even get started with Monsanto’s and Mahyco’s responsabilities!

      What do you think on this subject?

      Thanks for reading and commenting ^^

  1. I’m currently against! So many reasons. I love my food natural. Preferably without chemicals fertilizer or pesticides. I don’t swear by organic. Because organic may start off meaning well, but in the end it has to go through a long chain of companies meaning people. And unfortunately for some people money means more than ethics. So sticking an organic label on normal non organic produce is very easy-and possible to do by the distributor (to name just one). This was the personal experience of a late friend of mine.

    Now when it comes to genetically altered food-(I can see you taking apart all my arguments already;-)) I doubt that the companies that supply the seeds will ever tell you about any problems health or environment related. I don’t trust corporations. Most only want to suck the people dry of every last ounce of blood they have-only to come back and sell you your blood back at five times the price.

    The genetic alteration can, I think pass onto people. Maybe it would have adverse affects in the future. But then most of the fruit in the west has been modified or altered genetically already (and many taste crap!). But we still eat it. There are a lot of sick people in the western hemisphere of the world. And food is just one cause of this.

    There is enough food in the world to feed everyone. It’s just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And now with the speculation on food in the financial markets and the drive to make biofuel from food we eat……the prices will go up again. And the poorest in the world will suffer.

    Maybe I’m wrong. I just have this idea of ALL of the worlds seeds eventually becoming corporately owned. And the diversity of certain edible plants has already dwindled to just a few. So when nature makes it’s call on the plants-the fittest and strongest will survive. If there are only a few varieties-then the odds are against that plant surviving.

    This is becoming a post…..

    • IM SO SORRY it’s taking me so long to answer you! It’s been some crazy crazy weeks. But rest assures, I AM writting your responser, and will post it. Not only to answer, but also because it’s the perfect excuse to explains more stuff about transgenics that I didn’t get to write before ^^.
      In a few days, I’ll post it.

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