The British genetically modified wheat crop has proven ineffective in warding off aphids. Such are the failures seen when you interfere with Mother Nature.
The field trials were supposed to be enough of a test to prove that the GM wheat bushels would resist pests. But it proved to be just the opposite in real life which does not follow man-made laws. An odor that was added to the wheat and that earned it the moniker “whiffy wheat” turned out not to have any effect on the rabid devourers of the crop.
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Thus what looked good on paper and in controlled experiments was a failure in the actuality of the situation. However, science does not give up so easily. It is a tenacious tyke and so the scientists have gone back to the drawing board to apply Plan B to the conundrum. They are now trying to produce even more pest-resistant strains of the wheat crop.
Three years ago, a great many protesters took to the streets to voice their grievances. They were against the very idea of GM crops which they termed “Frankenstein Food”. Today they have a trump card in their hands. They claim that the failure only goes to show that they were right all along about this folly of mad science and the mad scientists who practice it on a regular basis.
GM technology is a controversial field. It is said that when people will not know if the potato they are eating contains the genes of a tomato or even a cauliflower, how can they trust what sort of nutrition is entering their biological systems.
By outdoing themselves, human beings are transgressing against Nature and Nature’s laws. They will only harm themselves by interfering in the natural food supply. Genetic engineering will be the ultimate downfall of man.
The trials for the special wheat crop cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. What a waste of money indeed! And while the aphids that eat away at the crop release a chemical when they are threatened by predators, which the whiff of the wheat mimics, sadly the same situation did not occur in real life.
Some say this is because the aphids became immune to the smell. Although the scientists have not thrown in the towel just yet, it was a huge disappointment to begin with. It is hoped the future trials will prove to be more fruitful.