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The EU research project PreSto GMO ERA-Net aims to identify gaps in existing knowledge on the impacts of genetically modified organisms on environment, health and techno-economics in order to inform future research work, in particular regarding a future European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) on GMO impacts.

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Cottonseed oil


Possible application of gene technology Labelling
GM cotton as raw material yes



The seed fibres of cotton provide the basis for textile fibres. After the separation of these fibres, the cotton seeds that remain are a valuable raw material for a variety of foodstuffs and feed.

In the processing of cotton seeds, oil and shred accumulate. The protein-rich shred is used primarily as animal feed


Cotton seed oil is a high-quality oil that is used:

Gene technology

  • GM-cotton is grown on a large scale in many countries, foremost in the USA, China and India. It may be assumed, that cotton seed oils are won from raw materials that at least partially may stem from GM plants.

  • In the EU, several GM cotton plants are approved for use as food and feed. Individual approvals also include the processing of the plant to produce cotton seed oil.

Labelling: Oil from GM cotton is subject to labelling. However, the detection of GM cotton in ready-to-use, refined cooking oil is not possible as a rule.


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