GMO's Harmful Effects on the Earth
Biotech corporations are the only party that benefits from the production of GE crops. Everyone else suffers; the humans that eat their products, the farmers all over the world who become a slave to terminator and traitor technology and above all the ecosystem that it violates. Terminator technology renders crops sterile after one growing season. Traitor technology makes crops "commit suicide" unless the farmer sprays a particular chemical on them.
Genetically Modified Foods Change the Soil
Genetically modified potatoes change the bacterial communities in soil.
[Thomas Lukow, Peter F. Dunfield, and Werner Liesak, "Use of the T-RFLP technique to assess spatial and temporal changes in the bacterial community structure within an agricultural soil planted with transgenic and non-transgenic potato plants," FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 32 (3), 241-247 (2000)]
Toxins from Bt pesticide inserted into the DNA of plants are found in the soil for up to 234 days.
Researchers at New York University and the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Investigators, Nature, Dec. 2, 1999
GMO's Alter the Ecological Balance Wherever They Are Grown
The Ecological Society of America (ESA), a professional scientific society whose members are leaders in ecological research and education, has warned that scientists and governments should proceed with caution. ESA cited such potentially negative effects as creating new or more vigorous pests and pathogens, exacerbating the effects of existing pests through hybridization with related GE plants or animals, harm to non-target species (such as soil organisms, non-pest insects, birds and other animals), disruptive effects on biotic communities, and irreparable loss or changes in species diversity and genetic diversity within a species.
There is also the real threat of contamination of organic crops from genetic drift of genetically engineered pollen. As long as genetic engineering of crops is allowed, organic producers are at risk of their crops being exposed to background levels of GMOs.
If bugs become resistant to Bt, organic growers will lose the use of natural Bt as a pest control. Without Bt, organic farmers will be left with far fewer effective strategies, while conventional farmers, who also have relied on Bt sprays, will have to turn to pesticides that are more toxic.
Even though the National Academy of Sciences Proceedings (Sept. 2001)implied the risk of ill effects of GMO corn on monarch butterflies is negligible, the original investigator Karen Oberhauser warns that there is not enough data to conclude that the risk are minimal.