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Genetically Modified Plants:

Field Trials in the EU


Genetically modified plants are indeed unique. Generally speaking, their genetic makeup is modified in a way that wouldn't occur under natural conditions. It cannot be assumed that a given GM plant will act exactly the same in the environment as the conventional crop it was derived from. For this reason, GM plants are not allowed in the open environment without prior authorisation.
 

GM Plants in the Environment - Authorisation Mandatory:

The first phases of developing a genetically modified plant take place in a closed, safety-controlled laboratory. The resulting plant is brought to the field only after numerous tests in the lab are already out of the way - and only after authorities grant permission. Every release of a GM plant into the environment requires authorisation. An EU directive dictates the requirements and procedures for authorisation. The directive is in force in all Member States of the EU.
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Field Trials in EU Member States

Applications for field trials with GM plants must be submitted to and undergo evaluation from the competent authority of the respective Member State. Since 2002, all applications must be notified to the European Commission

 

To date, there have not been GMO field trials in: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovenia.

 

 


An EU Research Project

What are the risks of growing GM crops?

What are the benefits?

Numerous studies have addressed the potential impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the quality of scientific research varies widely.

Therefore, the GRACE project will establish new tools for assessing the quality of existing studies and will conduct comprehensive reviews to identify health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants.

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Videos:

GMO Soybeans & Sustainability

Less soil erosion and fuel consumption: herbicide tolerant soybeans are promoting sustainable cultivation methods.

 

Glyphosate in European agriculture

Interview with a farmer



Glyphosate containing herbicides are not only used in fields with GM crops. They also allow conventional farmers to sow directly into stubble fields without ploughing. Glyphosate has replaced mechanical weed control in many crops and has had an important impact on agricultural practices and crop yields in Europe over the past few decades.

Source:
European Glyphosate Task Force

Animation: The Authorisation Process in Motion!

Applying, consulting, and making a decision: The long and winding road to GMO authorisation in the EU
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