Researchers working at the Purdue University decided to take a closer look at the effects of a global GMO ban and how it might influence the environment and the worldwide economy. Their findings were published in the Journal of Environmental Protection and it sparked a heated debate within the scientific community.
The benefits of cultivating GMO
Their study discovered that replacing GMO products with organic crops would increase the price of food on a global scale. This would eventually lead to an economic crisis and the poorer countries would sink even further. GMO crops are without a doubt more productive and cheaper than the organic fruits and vegetables. Therefore, third world countries can rely on GMO crops as a source of income. Taking this away from them would have a huge impact on the poverty-stricken areas.
Additionally, GMO crops are a huge part of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions. As a matter of fact, if the rest of the world followed the example set by the US farmers, the emission of greenhouse gas would be very low, and it would eventually lead to the expansion of forested areas. Therefore, banning GMO crops would certainly create the higher levels of pollution.
GMO crops are completely accepted in the United States and they were approved by all the major state agencies. Numerous researches did not show any negative effects GMO produce might have on the human health. Africa is slowly accepting GMO science because they need a reliable source of food. On the other hand, GMO is still a controversial topic in Europe and the genetically modified crops are banned in numerous countries.
The opposing sides
Environmentalists who are fighting to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions are also against GMO research. However, it is clear that planting GMO crops is doing wonders for eliminating the greenhouse effect which became a real threat a couple of decades ago. The team of researchers from the Purdue University took the data collected in 2011 and applied it to the theoretical model that featured the ban on GMO crops. They focused on the discontinuance of soybeans, corn, and cotton production.
The researchers discovered that the food prices would skyrocket which would lead to the economic profit for the countries that are large food manufacturers. However, poverty-stricken countries would suffer greatly. The countries that export produce would need more farmland and converting the wild pastures to fertile soil would be both costly and dangerous for the environment. This will lead to a spike up in the greenhouse gas emissions.
Wally Tyner, a professor of Agricultural Economics who was directly involved in this study says that he wasn’t surprised by the results. As a matter of fact, he points out that their findings should be the foundation of the global discussion about the benefits of GMO products. A large number of GMO opponents refuse to acknowledge the other side of the story and they are not even aware of the positive sides of the GMO research. So the results of this analysis might lead some people to change their minds about the negative effects of porno GMO crops.