The European Commission authorizes the cultivation of transgenic potatoes

After a seven-year controversy, the European Commission authorized its members to grow potatoes amfloraa variety transgenic developed by the German company BASF. This type of potato contains more starch than the traditional one, which is why it is optimal for making high-strength paper or for feeding livestock.

However, the discussion heated up because the marker gene that gives potatoes more starch could cause antibiotic resistance in humans. By eating an animal fed with potatoes amflora, humans could be affected by this disadvantage. According to Blanca Gonzalezorganisation Friends of the Earthseveral leading institutions – including the World Health Organization– have been skeptical about the use of these markers.

Another of the arguments against it is that the potato amflora could compete with other species non-transgenic. If their reproduction is not controlled, the survival of other potatoes could be jeopardized, and therefore the biodiversity of the region. By the way, the European Commission has introduced a clause to order cultivation before the plant produces seeds. Likewise, the organization clarified that it is the decision of each of its members if they cultivate amflora or not. For the moment, Germany Yes Czech Republic They have already given the green light for production.

The use of GMOs still arouses controversy between different sectors of society. Many counterarguments are put forward, ranging from gene transfer to ingestion, development of immunity to antibiotics, threat of toxicity, or ethical dilemmas such as intellectual property of natural products. In EuropePotato amflora This would be only the second product of this type with authorized cultivation (the first is MON 810 corn). Are we holding back development by being so cautious, or are they truly a death bomb for Humanity? Impossible to know at the moment. In the meantime, note yet another battle won by GMOs.

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