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As a result of biotechnology and its wake of controversy that follows a number or organizations have voiced their concerns toward the corporate driven discipline As a product of biotechnologies carelessness or motives activist groups have risen throughout the world opposing the novelty of genetically modified organisms The intent of biotech companies is to market and eventually sell these innovations eventually increasing their profits and stock prices so new products can be funded while the shareholders line their pockets Opposing organizations which see biotechnologies incentives as a danger to society and the many other life forms that exist on our planet interrupts such a process Greenpeace is perhaps the biggest organization in opposition to genetically modified organisms Greenpeace is an international environmental organization which fights to help protect and restore the environment It is currently involved in a number of areas including climate toxics nuclear oceans ocean dumping forests and the somewhat novel area of genetic engineering According to Greenpeace genetically modified organisms must not be released in the environment as the consequences for the environment and evolution are unpredictable and irreversible Greenpeace 2000 Once released the new living organisms made by genetic engineering are able to interact with other forms of life reproduce transfer their characteristics and mutate in response to environmental influences In most cases they can never be recalled or contained Any mistakes or undesirable consequences could be passed on to all future generations of life Greenpeace addresses facts like these on their website adding that the introduction of foreign species is a major cause of ecological disruption and erosion of biodiversity For example in the United States alone 42 of the species on the threatened or endangered species list are at risk primarily because of non-indigenous species costing the US economy an estimated 123 billion a year Greenpeace 2000 Other activist organizations take a similar stand Another outspoken group opposing genetically modified organisms is the Sierra Club of Canada
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