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ISRN Biotechnology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 820671, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/820671
Review Article

Genetically Modified Plants: Public and Scientific Perceptions

Department of Biotechnology, Delhi Technological University, Delhi 110042, India

Received 15 January 2013; Accepted 10 February 2013

Academic Editors: W. A. Kues, J. Sereikaite, and J. J. Valdes

Copyright © 2013 Smita Rastogi Verma. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The potential of genetically modified plants to meet the requirements of growing population is not being recognized at present. This is a consequence of concerns raised by the public and the critics about their applications and release into the environment. These include effect on human health and environment, biosafety, world trade monopolies, trustworthiness of public institutions, integrity of regulatory agencies, loss of individual choice, and ethics as well as skepticism about the real potential of the genetically modified plants, and so on. Such concerns are enormous and prevalent even today. However, it should be acknowledged that most of them are not specific for genetically modified plants, and the public should not forget that the conventionally bred plants consumed by them are also associated with similar risks where no information about the gene(s) transfer is available. Moreover, most of the concerns are hypothetical and lack scientific background. Though a few concerns are still to be disproved, it is viewed that, with proper management, these genetically modified plants have immense potential for the betterment of mankind. In the present paper, an overview of the raised concerns and wherever possible reasons assigned to explain their intensity or unsuitability are reviewed.