• Cheap mass produced medicines Down on the pharm
• Could make the production of some complex medicines economically viable
• The potential to deliver vaccines grown in ordinary foods. Conventional vaccines need to be kept cold and thus cannot reach places without the electricity to run fridges for storage.
• Pharma crops might accidentally cross breed with food crops of the same species, thus introducing potentially dangerous chemicals into the food chain in an uncontrollable way.
Article - New Scientist:
• However, this problem might be overcome by growing pharma crops in a sealed environment:
Underground crops could be future of 'pharming'
• Or alternatively, medicines could be grown inside edible plants from species that aren't normally eaten in our diet.
An alternative method of achieving the same thing has recently been announced. A non GM crop is sprayed with a GM virus and as the virus grows inside the plant, it creates the desired chemical. The advantage is that the virus is held within the plant, and the plant's DNA is not altered, thus preventing the spread of altered genetic material.
Are GM crops safe?