Consumers are deeply distrustful of genetically modified foods, and the opposition to them is organized and vocal. Even though opponents say there have not been enough studies to convincingly prove their safety, the science showing the actual crops themselves are damaging to humans is just not there.
But one of the fears around GMOs is very real: a massive increase in the chemicals used to treat genetically modified crops. Just like the overuse of antibiotics, crops genetically modified to withstand pesticides and herbicides have resulted in "superweeds" and "superbugs" that have developed resistance to these chemicals—and as the Huffington Post noted, the same companies producing genetically modified crops are the ones making the pesticides:
GMOs are doubling down on, not freeing us from, the pesticide treadmill that contaminates our food and water while lining the pockets of the chemical companies that make both the GMOs and the pesticides used on them.
The dangers of the pesticide use that are a byproduct of GMO crop production are well-documented and extremely terrifying. European countries are critiqued for banning GMO crops, but they've cut down significantly on their pesticide and herbicide use, whereas their uses in America have increased dramatically.
Monsanto, the company most highly associated with producing both GMOs and pesticides, has become known as "the face of corporate evil."Before Monsanto's venture into industrial agriculture, it was a chemical company. Founded in 1901, Monsanto was one of a handful of companies that produced Agent Orange, and its main poison, Dioxin. It sold DDT, PCBs, the controversial dairy cow hormone, rBGH, and the cancer-linked sweetener Aspartame. It's no small wonder consumers don't trust them with our food supply. From Vanity Fair:Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics–ruthless legal battles against small farmers–is its decades-long history of toxic contamination.