Why I Have GMO Concerns (Genetically Modified Organisms)
Since I had my struggles with health issues and began to read and research information about nutrition, I made a conscious decision to eat locally grown produce. I literally drive around seeking the local farms in my State of Florida, seeking the goodness of fruits and vegetables. If you read our last article about GMOS, it is about the definition of GMOS. This article will teach the essence of the issue, herbicides resistant plants – Please read and share with others. Wellness by Nature thanks you 😆
Herbicide Resistance is a genetic feature in which a plant can survive and reproduce after an exposure to an herbicide. The same plant, without this resistance could not survive in the wild or open nature after the herbicide exposure. The herbicide will kill it. Because of manipulation, using genetic engineering, the trait is becoming common. The resistance occurs through time and usually the weakest plants die, then the strongest plants survive, and become herbicide resistant and continue to thrive.
A Herbicide has targets inside the plant. For example, common targets can be the proteins schemes. An example of an herbicide target is ALS, an enzyme responsible for making chain Amino acids. At times, a plant can demonstrate resistance to more than one herbicide and continue to thrive. Scientist calls this cross-resistance. This herbicide resistance in plants has grown a great deal in the last decade. For example, herbicide resistance in the rice plants grown around the world and in California is increasing. Though California has lead a movement against GMOS, there are patents pending for an increase use of herbicides that affect the Amino acids in plants. Also, due to some decisions made in the courts in relation to seed manipulation, California is experiencing an increase in the use of genetically engineered crops, which are resistant to certain pesticides, such as Monsanto’s’ Roundup ready corn. This propensity to use pesticides resistant crops is a new technology.
It seems that the genetic manipulation motivates the plants resistance to a variety of herbicides. Other practices also influence the increasing resistance to herbicides. In fact, some practices, such as the planting of the same crops and the usage of same pest control techniques might allow for a higher resistance of the plant to the herbicide, including the GMOs plants. For example, year after year some farmers plant corn or soy. The farmer uses the GMOs seeds. Through the repetition of the GMOs crops, usage of the same crops and usage of the same herbicides, plants increase the resistance to herbicides.
Practice Rotation of Crops
Use a variety of plants
Practice soil cultivation techniques
Apply hand weeding
Use IPM or Integrated Pest Management
Use certified seeds whenever possible
Crops open to Rotation are
Presently all of these crops are under the herbicide that targets enzymes. This will most likely increase resistance to herbicides. More so, herbicide resistant crops are a modern technique in which farmers are usually dependent on one herbicide. For example, Monsanto’s Round-up is one of these herbicides. Again, a variety in use of herbicide diminishes the motivation for the plant to strengthen resistance to herbicides.
In conclusion, presently herbicide resistant crops are increasing in production. This resistance seems to increase through time. In fact, this can lead farmers to increase the use of herbicides. This seems to be an inherent concern with GMOs and produce. There is a variety of techniques, such as crop rotation, that could diminish the resistance of plants to herbicides. Learn, practice, and help our environment to thrive in a healthier way, the Wellness by Nature kind of way.
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