GMOs and Ecological Impacts
The introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has created an emotionally charged
worldwide public discussion. The development of crops with newly injected DNA has spurred ethical,
political, and social discussions as well as more a straightforward scientific debate.
Since 1996, 170 million worldwide acres have been converted to growing genetically modified organisms
with little appreciation for the ecological impacts and risks arising from such a transformation.
Plant ecologists, entomologists, and populations geneticists have approached the technology and its
vast application with caution based on the following impacts:
- Increased weediness from crop to wild relative genetic exchange
- Creation of insect resistant pests
- Impacts to non-target beneficial organisms
- Gene exchange from crop to wild resulting in extinction of rare plants and weedy relatives
The ecological impacts resulting from the vast introduction of genetically modified transgenic
organisms are perhaps the least completely understood though most consequential to our maintenance
of plant genetic variability, ability to surmount crop blight, and ultimately to our continued
health and well-being.
Studies & Reports
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