But the chilling effect on biotech science in Europe will be dramatic: Why would anyone spend years developing genetically modified crops
in the knowledge that they will most likely be outlawed by government fiat?
So far, these genetically modified crops
have been engineered to help farmers solve problems on the farm--problems with pest or weed control.
* Genetically modified crops
are resistant to weeds and drugs, which can reduce the use of insecticide and herbicide compared to traditional crop.
Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis said the passing of the Genetically Modified Crops
Free Areas Repeal Bill 2015 was great news for WA agribusiness exports, already worth close to $8 billion a year.
The genetically modified crops
had an important role to play in lessening the environmental impact and improving the sustainability of food production.
However, genetically modified crops
are currently banned in Kenya.
Moreover, the health concerns that underlie many people's desire for GMO labels are countered easily: The American Association for the Advancement of Science, to cite just one of many authoritative sources, reported in 2012 that, "Foods containing ingredients from genetically modified crops
pose no greater risk than the same foods made from crops modified by conventional plant breeding techniques."
Unlike Oregon's Rogue Valley, most of those counties did not have genetically modified crops
growing before the bans.
Genetically modified crops
are perceived as a potential solution for food insecurity.
Glyphosate is essentially used on plants including grasses, sedges, broad-leaved weeds and woody plants as well as great variety of genetically modified crops
. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, which is sprayed in large amounts on genetically engineered, so-called "Roundup Ready," crops.
I would like to argue that while there could be benefits to genetically modified crops
, the solutions are not as simple as having magic crops.
Pet resistance (Bt) genes from genetically modified crops
disrupt the food web in the soil.