Cons of Genetic Engineering

There are fears that genetically modified plants may actually be a threat to natural growing plants. They place huge demands on the soil and cause more harm when planted together with natural crops.

Foodstuffs yielded by genetically modified crops may cause allergic reactions in individuals.
In an effort to improve the taste of foodstuffs, it is possible that genetic engineering could actually diminish their nutritional value.
Although genetic engineering is meant to increase the immunity of crops, horizontal transfer of the resistant genes can lead to development of dangerous pathogens.

Modifications passed through pollination could pose risks to the eco-system.
In medicine, using genetic engineering to treat a disease can lead to a new type of disease, which presents itself as a reaction to the newly introduced cells. It is a delicate process that calls for accuracy in operation. A small mistake such as inserting the cell in the wrong place can lead to serious mutations and overgrowth, and in some cases, death.

Genetic engineering also hampers human diversity while enhancing cloning so that the sense of individualism is sadly, lost.


Gail Esparan