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Messing with Nature Is our food supply safe By genetically modifying our food sources will we have problems in the future Enough time has not passed to answer this question we could be unleashing untold consequences that we are yet to suffer Ecovandals people who fear GM genetically modified plants and foods destroyed them in an attempt to stop their spread These people fear that these GM plants may cause problems that we wont be able to deal with We may be opening a Pandoras Box releasing genetic demons that will be beyond our control There is a soil bacterium - Bacillus thumnginsis Bt that has been added to plants which produces a bacterial protein that kills certain insect pests What if these insects become resistance to Bt modified crops will we be unwitting unleashing a slew of super-insects that may do more damage to our food supply than ever before Imagine a swarm of super locusts that are impervious to our current pesticides that continue to ravage crop after crop with farmers only able to watch their livelihood go to the bugs What would then happen to food prices They would soar to high levels only the rich would be able to pay There would be food shortages perhaps riots might break out the consequences could be severe What if this Bacillus thumnginsis were to interact with the bacteria in our stomachs after we consumed it The scientists say the chances are rare but what if a cross occurred What kind of GM bacteria would we then have in our digestive system What if this new bacteria would not allow us to digest food properly or allow only certain nutrients to be absorbed by the body or created a toxic affect killing untold numbers of people The side effects could do more harm than good more studies should be undertaken There is also the threat of cross pollination with GM plants
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