Are Genetically Engineered Crops Safe or Dangerous ?


  • Nadia Zikry Dimetry Department of Pests and Plant Protection National Research Centre, 33 El-Bohouth st.,(Former El-Tahrir st)., Dokki, Giza, Egypt, P.O. Box: 12622, Tel:+ 2 33443592


Biotechnology, genetically modified crops (GM), Benefits regulation, risk assessment.


Genetically modified crops have the potential to solve many of the World’s hunger and malnutrition problems. They also protect and preserve the environment by increasing yield and reducing reliance upon chemical pesticides and herbicides. Yet, there are many challenges ahead for governments, especially in the areas of safety testing, regulation, international policy and food labeling. Many people feel that genetic engineering is the hope of the future. The current uses of GE focus on increasing production by addressing such issues as insect and weed control, but additional applications are being explored. It is believed that GE methods will allow for more rapid adaptation to climate change and plants with increased drought and salt tolerance are in development. The number of acres planted in GE crops has increased dramatically since their introduction in 1996. Opponents to GE crops have pointed out that highly publicized efforts to help farmers in developing countries and the world’s poor have not come into production. Every technology comes with potential risks and these risks must be evaluated. Genetic engineering of food and fiber products is inherently unpredictable and dangerous for humans, for animals, the environment and for the future of sustainable and organic agriculture. The hazards of GE crops falls mainly into two categories : human health hazards and environmental hazards .  A brief look at the already proven and likely hazards of GE products provides a convincing  arguments for why we need a global moratorium on all GE foods and crops. This article shows the work for deep debate on benefits and risks of Biotech-crops for human health, ecosystems and biodiversity.


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Dimetry, N. Z. (2016). Are Genetically Engineered Crops Safe or Dangerous ?. American Scientific Research Journal for Engineering, Technology, and Sciences, 20(1), 157–178. Retrieved from