One danger of genetically modified organisms right now is that there is no regulation of them. According to the FDA if it still looks like a tomato and tastes like a tomato (sort of), even though fish genes have been inserted into it, it is a tomato. No labeling required to notify the consumer if they are eating fish genes with their tomatoes. No long-term safety testing required.
This no labeling practice has implications for many people in the population. Off the top of my head, vegetarians, people that keep kosher (they can only eat certain types of fish), and people allergic to fish come to mind.
The lack of extensive testing has problems that we are yet to see. The beginning of the problems in crops that have been altered to produce more Bt that we do know so far are things like Monarch butterfly larvae deaths, the farmworkers developing allergies to Bt in altered crops, decreased fertility in ladybugs that have eaten aphids that fed on GM crops, Bt resistant insects, and cross-pollination from the GM crops to organic crops.
Then there is the terminator technology. They have made seeds that will not reproduce in the next generation. They claim to be trying to fight world hunger but then they come up with this kind of techonology. It’s bad enough for the farmer that buys this seed and then has buy new seeds every year, but what about the genetic drift? They could be causing all crops to develop this trait. In 1999 Monsanto abandoned terminator technology, but they still hold the patents that they might use for the future.
I’ll try not to say much about recombinant bovine growth hormone that is given to dairy cows. I could go on for days about it. Let’s just say that my biggest pet peeve against it is the fact that by developing optimum nutrition, exercise, pregnancy spacing, and milk machines the dairy industry already managed to make an oversupply of milk. Then Monsanto comes along and makes rBGH which causes undo stress on the cows to produce more gallons of milk. When a cow is spent and her dairy days are over, she now weighs less than her ancestors in pre-rBGH days but her organs weigh more because she has been under considerable stress. Why?
So, jb, I’m going to say with the lessons we already haven’t learned from GMO’s that you just can’t know what effect a glowing spider is going to have on the whole ecosystem.
Smeghead, yes, killer bees are the effect of crossbreeding. I don’t remember the details, but someone brought the African bees to the Americas and the rest is history.