With several evidence based information from scientific research on the safety of GM products and the affirmation by several regulatory bodies, they still exist enormous contentions, myths about the safety and general acceptability of this technology and its products. This is however due to the controversial nature of reality as many individuals believe reality is a function of individual opinions, perception and way of thinking, thus shaping reality to what is appealing to their knowledge and conscience. This is not the method with reality in science and should not be applicable. In science reality is reached through laid down principles (Scientific method) which include; observation, formulation of hypothesis, testing hypothesis, arriving at results, drawing conclusions, communicating findings and carrying out field trials as in this case. With this laid down principle in science, results reached are valid, can be replicated at anytime and anywhere using same principles, this ascertains scientific reality as opposed to assumptions which are based on perceptions or bad scientific enquiry to reality.
GM products are derived from carefully controlled scientific processes which are evidence based, and can be replicated anytime and anywhere, thus giving them a realistic scientific identity. This processes are same for products of physical, medical and other sciences. with the foregoing, safety and acceptability of GM products should be rooted in scientific evidence than myths and perceptions.
On the 15th of June 2003, a group of anti-GMO activists known as the ” Independent science panel” issued a report formulated by bad scientific process titled ” the case for a GM free sustainable world” they made series of claims better described as “Myths” which are not supported by the depth and breadth of extensive scientific and economic data collected in laboratory tests, field trials and commercial cultivation. The following are some of the results from their bad scientific enquiry, myths and perceptions, with strong refutation based on valid scientific findings.
1. Activists say Transgenic DNA results in Cancer
Reality: There is no reported case of a correlation between transgenic plants and cancer except a report from one laboratory, that of Gilles Eric Seralini in France, his report have since been debunked due to lack of scientific merit, as it could not be replicated using laid down scientific procedures by other researchers. The study was forcibly retracted by the journal that published it and was criticized by the six major French scientific academies and by neutral scientists and science journalists not affiliated with biotech companies (Ramez 2013)
2.Activists say GM crops are not safe for both human and animal consumption.
Reality: Genetically improved crops have undergone several safety and environmental testing than any other crop. According to the US National academy of science, the most premier scientific body in the U.S, after billions of served meals from GM crops, no adverse health effects attributed to GM foods have been documented, they also reported that GM products are kinder to the environment than non-GM crops. other reputable bodies that have affirm the safety of GM products include; the European commission, Royal society of medicine, America medical association. e.t.c.
3. Activists say dangerous gene products are incorporated into crops
Reality: Genes are incorporated into crops because of their advantages e.g Bt proteins are used because of their specificity for narrow groups of insect pests as well as their safe use by organic and non-organic farmers. Activists claim inconsistently they are safety issues when engineered to crops, but they make no such representations when they are used indiscriminately without regulatory oversight by them.
4. Activists say GM seeds are sterile
Reality: like traditional plants, GM seeds will grow and form germ lines. This misconception that GM seeds are sterile is likely tied to the “terminator gene” a controversial technology that can allegedly make a plant produce sterile seeds.
Monsato, the worlds leading producers of GM seeds owns patent to the terminator gene but have promised regulatory bodies never to use it.
In conclusion, activists say GM crops have failed to deliver the promised benefits and posing escalating problems.
These myths, perceptions have been shown to be false in the light of scientific reality in all its wordings. The facts are that crops produced through Genetic modification have, in advance of their use, been subjected to excess rigorous scrutiny than any other in history. Wherever farmers have been allowed access to this crops, they have adopted them at encouraging rates, the fact that most scientific organizations and majority of scientists that have critically evaluated the safety of biotech crops find them to be as safe or safer than conventional crops, provides enough evidence that health and environmental issues have been adequately addressed. stop the hate, start loving GM products