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JOY M. BASA Sui­ci­dal at­tempt… In an ef­fort to up­grade and en­hance hu­man life, bright minds had come out with an in­ven­tion that ad­dressed the needs of hu­man to have a very com­fort­able life. How­ever, in today’s era, most of the prime com­modi­ties or prod­ucts sold from gro­ceries and su­per­mar­kets from around the world con­tain Ge­net­i­cally Mod­i­fied Or­gan­ism. Although, this most im­por­tant is­sues have had at­tracted con­cerns and be­came de­bat­able, still there were no con­crete move which will reg­u­late and even defy the prop­a­ga­tion of such in­no­va­tion. As such GMO be­came a com­pli­cated topic for there were two sides of it be­ing pre­sented. The first for its ad­verse ef­fects on health and the other for the ad­vo­cates who se think­ing fo­cused on the easy and more pro­duc­tion of food to meet the enor­mous de­mands in the world mar­ket.

More so, some em­braced the ad­van­tages brought by the mod­ern in­ven­tions par­tic­u­larly in Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy be­cause they be­lieve that these in­no­va­tions pro­mote longevity and fa­cil­i­tate life’s de­mands eas­ily even without con­sid­er­ing the mere ad­verse ef­fects of these to hu­man race. Per­haps, they only see the ben­e­fits that these prod­ucts may bring but in re­al­ity these prod­ucts pose hazard to hu­man health. Worst of it, this may con­trib­ute to the to­tal an­ni­hi­la­tion of hu­man race.

Al­low me to ex­pound what these sci­en­tists have thought about GMO or Ge­net­i­cally Mod­i­fied Food, this food ac­cord­ing to Rich and Worthily(2016) at some point dur­ing the pro­duc­tion process, mol­e­cules and pro­teins are chem­i­cally al­tered to give the food more nu­tri­ents, bet­ter ap­pear­ance, or a longer shelf life. Ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied grain is of­ten fed to live­stock used for meat and dairy prod­ucts. Much of the prod­ucts sold in United States are also grown from ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied seeds (P.14). Back in the days, to at­tain the ideal char­ac­ter­is­tics of plants and to with­stand cer­tain fungi and bac­te­ria, farm­ers uti­lizes growth and se­lec­tive breed­ing (Rich and Warhol) 2016p.14.

As a re­sult farm­ers pro­duced more crops by us­ing those tech­niques. As Dr. Ig­na­cio Chapela, a mi­cro­bial Ecol­o­gist at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley states “As we move for­ward with this ge­netic ma­nip­u­la­tion, we’ll start see­ing pieces of DNA re­act­ing with each other in ways that are to­tally un­pre­dictable”. This is prob­a­bly the largest bi­o­log­i­cal ex­per­i­ment that hu­man­ity has ever en­tered into “Thus, ge­netic mod­i­fi­ca­tion also al­lows in­di­vid­ual genes to be specif­i­cally switched off, through an­ti­sence ap­proach which have been uti­lized in the pro­duc­tion of tomato paste to re­duce the amount of en­ergy re­quired to thicken the paste. If by and large such pro­cesses will be used more of­ten in all condi­ments and other com­modi­ties, then I would say that we are now putting the risk on ev­ery shelf of any gro­ceries for hu­man ac­cess and con­sump­tion. It is in this light that I would like to dis­cuss fur­ther and try to con­vince ev­ery­one on the bad ef­fects of GMO.

First and fore­most, my ini­tial proof is an ev­i­dence from ( Re­make 2006 p.4-9) when GM soy was fed to a fe­male rat , most of their ba­bies died within three weeks com­pare to 10% death rate among the con­trol group fed on nat­u­ral soy. This also showed that GM fed ba­bies were smaller and had prob­lems on get­ting preg­nant. David Schu­bert of the Salk In­sti­tute warns that chil­dren are most likely be ad­versely af­fected by tox­ins and other di­etary prob­lems re­lated to GM foods, He says that without fur­ther stud­ies the chil­dren be­come “ex­per­i­men­tal an­i­mals” What a waste if the pop­u­la­tion will not be aware and kept them­selves abreast with this GMO is­sues! All the while, hu­man­ity just goes with the flow of ac­cept­ing and pa­tron­iz­ing those prod­ucts without re­al­iz­ing the threat that it may im­pose.

In ad­di­tion to this, Mul­ti­ple stud­ies have shown that Pes­ti­cides As­so­ci­ated to Ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied foods (PAGMF) both found on ma­ter­nal, fe­tal and non-preg­nant women’s blood (Re­pro­duc­tive Tox­i­col­ogy , 2011) have been as­so­ci­ated with Parkin­son’s Alzheimer and Cancer(Top­i­cal Lett,2003). Like­wise, has sig­nif­i­cant in­aus­pi­cious ef­fect on re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem and it’s di­rectly in­volved with re­tar­da­tion.

More­over, stud­ies con­firm that even the less toxic nat­u­ral bac­te­rial spray is harm­ful. When dis­persed by plane to kill gypsy moths in Pa­cific North­west, about 500 peo­ple re­ported al­lergy or flu-like symp­toms. Some had to go to the emer­gency room (Wash­ing­ton State Dept.of Health, 1993)

Although there were claims that GMO prod­ucts are safe for hu­man con­sump­tion, I should say that the an­swer is still blow­ing in the wind be­cause there were many doc­u­mented claims that an­i­mals fed on GMO are dy­ing in large num­bers. In India, an­i­mals graze on cot­ton plants af­ter harvest. But when shep­herds let sheep graze on BT cot­ton plants, thousand died. Post mortems showed se­vere ir­ri­ta­tion and black patches in both in­testines and liver as well as en­larged bile ducts.) Pre­lim­i­nary ev­i­dence strongly sug­gests that the sheep mor­tal­ity was due to toxin from Bt-toxin (Andhra Pradesh, 2006). In small fol­low-up feed­ing study by the Dec­can De­vel­op­ment So­ci­ety, all sheep fed BT cot­ton plants died within30 days; those grazed on nat­u­ral cot­ton plants re­mained healthy.

Ev­i­dence was in Ger­many where Bt176 was fed to grow cows from 1997 un­til 2002. The con­duc­tor states “When par­tial paral­y­sis ac­com­pa­nied by great fa­tigue, and prob­lems in the kid­neys and mu­cosal mem­branes arose in the an­i­mals. Fol­lowed by death in 10 per­cent of cases, mi­cro­bial causes were sought.” (Gottfried Locker, Gilles-Eric Ser­alini, 1997)

More­over, the gene in­serted into GM soy trans­fers into the DNA of bac­te­ria living our in­testines and con­tin­ues to func­tion (Nether wood et.al 2004). This means long af­ter we stop eating GMO’s. We may still have the po­ten­tially harm­ful GM pro­teins pro­duced con­tin­u­ously inside of us. It sim­ply means that eating corn ship pro­duced from BT corn

Con­sid­er­ing these ev­i­dences, I stead­fastly claimed that GMO is not safe for hu­man con­sump­tion .If we are still plac­ing great value on the preser­va­tion of hu­man race I hope my ap­peal will not fall on deaf ears but in­stead it will re­ver­ber­ate to all the walls and cor­ri­dors of the en­tire lab­o­ra­to­ries of GMO’s prod­ucts since no one can re­ally re­place the hands of the Great Cre­ator of ev­ery­thing that we en­joy and had found when we’re given that pre­cious life on earth. We were ap­pointed stew­ards of this haven that God has cre­ated for us, we should not al­low those gods to rule our once car­ing, nur­tur­ing and pro­vid­ing planet but in­stead we must work hand in hand to to­tally erad­i­cate this dread­ful mech­a­nism which lure the en­tire hu­man race on its prom­ise of im­mor­tal­ity, rather we still need to an­chor our faith that there is still the Great­est au­thor and cre­ator of this abode who un­selfishly pro­vide ev­ery­thing for us to live. Af­ter all He is the only one who knows the day when we will all en­joy the kind of life that he had promised free from pain and suf­fer­ings. As stated in James 5:7-11 Be pa­tient un­til the Lord comes. See how pa­tient farm­ers are as they wait for their land to pro­duce pre­cious crops. They wait pa­tiently for the au­tumn and spring rains. You also must be pa­tient. Keep your hopes high for the day of the Lord’s com­ing is near. Would it be nice that we will draw our in­spi­ra­tion from the great au­thor of this cre­ation in­stead of ex­pe­dit­ing and ac­cel­er­at­ing the pro­duc­tion of foods to nour­ish our bod­ies, why not look for­ward to have an in­fal­li­ble life af­ter with his grace?

— oOo— I at Ma­bal­a­cat Com­mu­nity High School The au­thor is Head Teacher

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