The cells (Bryne, 2014). These genetically modified plants

            The world is currently progressing rapidly
either in a good or bad state depending on the factors that affects it. It is
apparent to each one of us that we are one of the reasons or factors why the
world is at harm. According to World Population Clock, the world is growing at least
1.1% every year and that is roughly an increase of 83 million people. With that,
it is alarming that there would be also an increase on commodities per year.
One of these would be the crops that people would consume in a daily basis. It
is the responsibility of farmers to produce abundant supply of crops for their
consumers globally; however, farmers deal with several complications that
affect their production. Some of these are weather conditions, insects or pests,
and number of yield. Agricultural
Engineers had come up with Genetically Modified Plants that paved its way
towards the improvement of farming. Genetically
modified plants refer to the transfer of genes between organisms using a series
of laboratory techniques for cloning genes, splicing DNA segments together, and
inserting genes into cells (Bryne, 2014). These genetically modified plants
have been around for more than 10 years since it has been introduced to US in
the mid-1990’s to produce a large yield of specific crops namely: Corn, Soy
beans, and Cotton. These made the crops insect-resistant
and herbicide-tolerant and are made to believe that producing genetically modified
plants are beneficial to farmers and consumers, producing huge gains as well as
positive effects for the environment and human health (Qaim, 2009). Although
these would be favorable to many, there are concerns that must be addressed. (Wolt,
J., et.al., 2009) suggests that genetically modified plants must be observed
according to the event, the
environment where it is released, and practices associated with its use. “It is
therefore necessary to evaluate whether harm could arise from a changed plant
attribute by asking several questions: What must happen for harm to occur? Is
there a reasonable causal pathway to harm? What is the seriousness and
likelihood of harm? Hypotheses of
no harm form the basis of a hypothesis-driven approach to addressing these
questions.”. It is disappointing that there are negative effects from
producing and consuming genetically modified plants. In fact, the negative
effects are not apparent to most people because these are not actually
explained thoroughly. Some of the negative effects are allergic reactions, decreased
antibiotic efficiency, and gene transfer. According to (Jackson, K., et.al.,
2013), “the
prevalence of food allergies increased from 3.4% in 1997–1999 to 5.1% in
2009–2011.” Although genetically modified plants could just be a scientific
link to its increase. It is even hard
to distinguish whether the food you are consuming is organic/natural or
genetically modified since these foods can be passed from one to another. For
instance, even if you eat meat, you wouldn’t know if there are chemical substances
still present in the meat because the meat is produced from a cow that could
probably have eaten genetically modified plants that has been transferred to
the meat that you are consuming. In recent studies, (Connealy,
2017) claims that genetically modified plants could easily increase
our toxic load, leading to even more cancer diagnoses.