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Shaping the Future of GMO Research

Stakeholder with interests in the risk and/or benefit assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are invited to take part in an online survey.

The aim of this survey is to identify which research needs should be prioritised, thereby contributing to the commissioning of research on the health, environment and economic impacts of GMOs.

The survey will close on 15th July 2015.

More information and access to the online survey

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Sustainability


Most currently grown GM crops were not originally designed to protect farmland or environmental resources. However, the way they have changed some crop production practices may contribute to more sustainable land use in the long term. Here we present the most widely studied examples of commercial GM crops and their impacts on environmental sustainability.
 

What is sustainable farming?

Producing stable food yields for a growing world population is a major challenge for agriculture. Soil erosion, water shortages, climate change and shrinking farmland pose serious threats to essential resources, while human needs continue to grow. But what is the concept behind sustainability and can GM crops help us move towards a sustainable form of agriculture?

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Farmers and public-sector scientists call for the use of GM crops to support sustainable farming

A briefing paper written by European farming associations and public-sector scientists describes the benefits of GM crops for sustainable farming and current hurdles to using such crops.

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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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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

 GM Crops: Specific Information and Future Projects
Soybean
Maize
Rapeseed
Cotton
Wheat
Potato
Rice
July 18, 2012 [nach oben springen]

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