GMOs should be welcomed as way to protect planet

What I find most disturbing about the genetically modified organism witch hunt is that information is usually derived from websites based on personal opinions and not on any kind of research.

If the shortcomings in scientific citation are pointed out, the general answer is that all the scientific research done to prove GMOs to be safe is done by paid-off scientists. Reminds me of the global warming discussion. Which makes it so baffling to me because the GMO opponents claim to have the planet’s interests at heart.

If you want to protect the planet, why would you not welcome something that will reduce the use of pesticides, herbicides and conserve precious resources like water? I sincerely doubt that the majority of the GMO opponents do actually know how the modification of DNA works.

Yes, one way of genetically modifying a plant is to insert a bacterial gene that then produces a substance that is toxic – if you happen to be a caterpillar or a beetle. This introduced gene reduced pesticide use in the U.S. by 2 million gallons. Other plants have been vaccinated by adding the gene for a viral coat protein, saving the Hawaiian papaya industry, which was suffering heavily due to the ring spot virus.

I wonder if opposition will be equally vehement when scientists figure out how to modify genetic material to prevent tragic genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis or Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

And, after all, a poodle is a genetically modified wolf.

Adrienne Gaedeke