by Alexa Erickson.
Genetic engineering involves high-tech methods to integrate genes straight into an organism. It’s a term that has caused an overwhelming amount of controversy and concern in the food industry because of their effect on our health and the environment. And while the battle to get back to the basics and live from the earth once again is ongoing, there seems to be a new threat to this ideology.
The biotech industry is trying to bulldoze down 184 million acres of native forests around the world and replace them with plantations of genetically engineered trees, which will be without other plants and wildlife, but stand merely on their own amidst dead soil atop groundwater reserves that are increasingly diminishing. They will be engineered to kill insects, adhere to a variety of weather conditions, grow at rapid rates, and withstand toxic chemicals. While they may, at first, seem like benefits, they are matched with some serious consequences, from damaging the environment to violating the rights of indigenous people and harming the health of people, flora, and fauna.