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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.

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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.


The briefing paper, published in June 2012, states that modern biotechnology can contribute significantly to addressing current global challenges such as climate change and world population growth. The use of GM crops enables farmers to produce more food on less land and with less impact on the environment. Among the benefits are reduced herbicide use and decreased soil erosion, less use of pesticides and lower mycotoxin levels in the harvest. GM crops would also significantly increase farmer income.

Furthermore, GM technology can help to overcome some limitations of conventional breeding and can generate crops with increased tolerance to diseases and pests, crops with drought tolerance and crops with enhanced nutritional value to fight malnutrition in many developing countries.

The paper stresses that GM crop varieties have been grown for many years on hundreds of millions of hectares, resulting in significant economic, social, health and environmental benefits. However, in the EU, only two types of GM crops are approved for cultivation, and several EU countries have banned them. The authors claim that the EU regulatory system for GMOs is not functioning because many decisions are not based on the legal criterion of scientifically sound risk assessment. Also, much public-sector biotechnology research for sustainable agriculture in Europe has been reduced, stopped or moved abroad, because of regulatory hurdles and the costs involved in preventing destruction of field research. The authors conclude that current GMO policies in the EU are depriving farmers of potential benefits and of the freedom to choose.


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.

European Glyphosate Task Force

 GM Crops: Specific Information and Future Projects
July 18, 2012 [nach oben springen]

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