Said variety is genetically modified, leading to fears by environmentalists and farmers that “ the corn, which confers resistance to pests, could pollute other crops and pose a threat to the environment and human health. “
One prominent threat is gene transfer, also known as outcrossing.
This entails genetically modified seeds “cross-breeding” with non-genetically-modified crops as a result of something as simple as pollen spreading due to wind or animals.
Apart from the impact this has on the stability of flora in any given environment, unfortunate financial repercussions are felt by farmers.
There are cases of farmers in Canada being sued by — and losing to — Monsanto after the company’s patented genetically modified rapeseed seeds blew over onto their property.