Biotech Articles
Publish Your Articles Online
Get Recognition - International Audience

Request for an Author Account   |   Login   |   Submit Article
 
 
HOME FAQ TOP AUTHORS FORUMS PUBLISH ARTICLE
 
 

Potential Risks of Agriculture Biotechnology

BY: Nidhi Uppangala | Category: Issues | Submitted: 2010-06-29 20:57:29
       No Photo
Article Summary: "Biotechnology used in agriculture to improve crop yield, nutrient value, to produce pesticide resistant plant, drought resistant plants. By doing these entire thing the crop loss due to pests or by drought condition are reduced. But agriculture biotechnology has got some of the potential risks on human health, environment..."


Share with Facebook Share with Linkedin Share with Twitter Share with Pinterest Email this article
     


Introduction:

Agriculture biotechnology is used to improve plants using the tools such as genetic engineering, plant tissue culture. Biotechnology used in agriculture to improve crop yield, nutrient value, to produce pesticide resistant plant, draught resistant plants. By doing these entire thing the crop loss due to pests or by drought condition are reduced. Agriculture biotechnology is also used to produce disease resistant crop plants.

Agriculture biotechnology helped reducing the usage of pesticide, herbicide and other toxic chemicals by farmers to protect the crop. This reduced the water pollution and soil pollution by all these toxic chemicals. This also protects animals, birds and humans from consuming toxic plant based food stuffs. Agriculture biotechnology can be used to solve problems related to desertification and soil salinization. But agriculture biotechnology has got some of the potential risks on human health, environment.

Potential Risk of Agriculture Biotechnology on Human Health:

1. Genetically modified food may produce new proteins and it may act as new allergen and can induce allergic reactions in humans. Scientists cannot regulate the site of insertion of genes in the plant genome and this will induce new allergen in food chain.
2. Agriculture biotechnology technique like genetic engineering uses antibiotic resistant gene as markers, and consumption of food products which has got these antibiotic resistant genes may reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics. This also has got the danger of transferring this antibiotic resistant gene to human pathogens and makes them antibiotic resistant.
3. Addition of genetic material by genetic engineering may interact with the pathways involved in the production of toxic substances produced by plant, which are used to preserve motionless organisms from the predators.
4. Agriculture biotechnology may increase the contamination of soil and plants by heavy metals, by adding one or more new genes to the plants.
5. This technology may induce health risk to humans as a result of proteins produced by newly added genes to the plants. It may increase the environment of toxic fungi.
6. Long term affect of these genetically engineered food products is still not known, so in future we may come across new unknown type of health risks in humans or animals.

Potential Risk of Agriculture Biotechnology to the Environment:

Strict laws are made and are followed by scientists regarding the applications of agriculture biotechnology. When importing genetically modified seed or plants to one country all the procedures used and the genes which are added and its function are fully studied to avoid any potential environmental hazards. Then too agriculture biotechnology has got some potential risks to the environment such as,

1. Agriculture biotechnology may increase herbicide resistant weeds.
2. Genetically modified plants produced using genetic engineering may transfer new genes into wild herbs, pests
3. Plants produced using agriculture biotechnology techniques may poison wildlife by producing toxic proteins.
4. This technology may create new types of microorganisms like viruses, bacteria
5. As this agriculture technology is in its infancy stage, it may induce some unknown risks to the environment in the future.

Conclusion:

As agriculture biotechnology has got both advantages and disadvantages, as a society we should understand when, where and how we can use this technology to improve the human health and to keep environment free from all types of pollution.

About Author / Additional Info:


Search this site & forums
Share this article with friends:



Share with Facebook Share with Linkedin Share with Twitter Share with Pinterest Email this article

More Social Bookmarks (Digg etc..)


Comments on this article: (0 comments so far)

Comment By Comment

Leave a Comment   |   Article Views: 9218



Additional Articles:
•   Use of Biofactories as Renewable and Sustainable Resources
•   Environmental Pollution - List of Most Common Pollutants
•   Structural Feature of Cold Actives Enzymes
•   Metabolic Profiling and its Relevance

Latest Articles in "Issues" category:
•   Issues in Biotechnology
•   Gene Doping - Techniques, Effects and Ethics
•   Effects of Genetic Pollution in Plants and Animals
•   Bioethics of Human Genetics
•   Pollution: An Environmental Issue
•   Issues Related to Suspension Animal Cell Culture
•   Issues Related to Attachment-dependent Animal Cell Culture
•   Bioethics: Ethical Issues of Biotechnology
•   Becoming Post-Human : Genetic engineering
•   Gene Therapy - Issues and Ethical Aspects
•   BT Cotton and BT Brinjal - Controversies and IPR Issues
•   Hazards of Biotechnology (Disadvantages and negative effects of Biotech)
•   Orchids : The Defined Beauty of Nature on Earth
•   Electronic Data Capture - An Essential Element in the Field of DM
•   Misuse of Antibiotics Puts You and Your Family in Danger
•   Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy
•   Euthanasia: Types, History and Issues
•   Issues in Food Labeling | Nutrition label standards in US, UK and India
•   Counterfeit Drugs - Various Regulations and Instruments of Change


Important Disclaimer: All articles on this website are for general information only and is not a professional or experts advice. We do not own any responsibility for correctness or authenticity of the information presented in this article, or any loss or injury resulting from it. We do not endorse these articles, we are neither affiliated with the authors of these articles nor responsible for their content. Please see our disclaimer section for complete terms.
Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape
Copyright © 2010 biotecharticles.com - Do not copy articles from this website.

ARTICLE CATEGORIES : Agriculture   |   Applications   |   Bioinformatics   |   Biotech Products   |   Biotech Research   |   Biology   |   Careers   |   College / Education   |   DNA   |   Environmental Biotech   |   Genetics   |   Healthcare   |   Industry News   |   Issues   |   Nanotechnology   |   Others   |   Stem Cells   |   Press Release   |   Toxicology  

| Disclaimer/Privacy/TOS | Submission Guidelines | Contact Us