What are the advantages and disadvantages of GM seeds?

 

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

  • Despite the fact that crops from GM seeds and plants produced using genetic engineering undergo more safety testing than any other agriculture products, including conventional or organic crops, some people believe more research needs to be done.
     
  • The ability to protect GM seed plants from herbicides that destroy weeds may lead to herbicide resistant weeds. In addition, overuse of a single pesticide when growing GM seed crops may lead to a pesticide resistance in insects. The agriculture industry takes these threats seriously and is constantly studying and creating best practices.http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12804&page=214
     
  • The names used to describe GM seeds ’ including GMO and genetically engineered ’ can sound threatening to consumers and create a marketing disadvantage for products with ingredients from GM seeds.

USFRA Point of View

USFRA supports farmers’ choices to plant and grow conventional crops, GM crops, organic crops or a combination. Similarly, USFRA supports consumers’ choices to purchase foods they prefer. Many of our farmers plant GM seeds for reasons such as protecting their crops from adverse weather. Some of our... Read more