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Stakeholder Workshop:

Scientific Value of 90-day Animal Feeding Studies in GMO Risk Assessment

(EU Research Project GRACE)

15 April 2014

A new EU Implementing Regulation makes 90-day animal feeding studies with whole food/feed mandatory in the safety assessment of GM plants. The EU Commission has assigned the EU project GRACE with the examination of the validity of such 90-day feeding trials.

This stakeholder workshop (Brussels, Belgium on 19 and 20 May 2014) provides an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to review the results obtained so far and to discuss their interpretation.

More information (GRACE project website)


The Queen of Beans

26 September 2013

With the growth in global demand for soybeans comes an increasing need for responsible soy production. Laura Foell, a director of the United Soybean Board, has been farming soybeans for more than two decades. In her experience, transgenic crops are an important tool for making soybean production more sustainable.

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Peer Review – Where you thought it ended? That’s just the beginning!

22 July 2013

A Guest Article by Dr. L. Val Giddings, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

“This is a peer-reviewed study!”

In the increasingly heated battles waged lately by crusaders against innovation in agriculture, such assertions are increasingly thrown down like a gauntlet. The intent is to negate findings by regulators and scientists around the world that crops and foods improved through biotechnology are safe. These advocates argue passionately that “paper X”, published in a scientific journal after being reviewed by anonymous scientists and an editor, is sufficient to overturn the findings of hundreds of previously published reports to say nothing of the vast experience accumulated through the consumption of trillions of meals derived from biotech improved crops since they first entered the marketplace in the mid 1990s. When these papers are criticized by scientists post-publication, cries of censorship and persecution inevitably arise, and are routinely coupled with claims that the critics are bought and paid for by vested corporate interests. But the noisemakers overlook something fundamental about the culture of science: where they thought peer review ended -is really where it gets going ...

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Africa’s path to self-sufficiency

5 July 2013

Africa is facing huge challenges through population growth, land-scarcity and climate change. But instead of relying on outside help, African countries are increasingly focusing on their own strengths. 

An important aspect of this development is the focus on the research and cultivation of genetically-modified crops. Many African countries see these crops as an opportunity to deal with domestic pests, diseases and drought, and as an opportunity to increase the agricultural output significantly. Therefore, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and other countries in Africa are investing in biotechnology to find creative solutions for future challenges.

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Without GM crops European agriculture will not achieve sustainability goals

30 April 2013

The European Union cannot meet its goals in agricultural policy without genetically engineered crops (GMOs). That's the conclusion of UK and Spanish scientists who published in Trends in Plant Science. Based on several case studies the report shows that the EU is undermining its own competitiveness in the agricultural sector as well as that of its humanitarian activities in the developing world. Although agricultural sustainability is a key program of the common agricultural policy (CAP) the current strategies in fact hamper the development of key technologies to achieve those objectives. As a consequence, European agriculture will become almost entirely dependent on the outside world for food and feed and scientific progress.


'GM plants could contribute to an agriculture that is both profitable and advantageous for the environment in Switzerland'

19 March 2013

This is the conclusion of a report by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It follows on from a Research Programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation (NRP 59), which demonstrated that the cultivation of GMPs does not entail any environmental risks that do not also exist for conventionally bred plants.

Report (in German, English summary on page 7)

International scientists taking a stand on Séralini's GMO maize feeding study

14 March 2013

Numerous scientists have found deficiencies in the experimental design and analysis of the study. They criticize that such “Pseudoscience” may cause severe damage to the credibility of science.

China delays GMO corn

7 March 2013

China has delayed the introduction of genetically-modified rice and corn as it tries to head off public fears (Source: Reuters)

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Academics Review - Testing popular claims against peer-reviewed science

Genetic Roulette is Jeffrey Smith’s second self-published book in which he makes claims against biotechnology. In it, he details 65 separate claims that the technology causes harm in a variety of ways. On this website each of those claims are stacked up against peer-reviewed science.

Global impacts from adoption of genetically modified crops

Economic and environmental benefits of GM crops in Canada, South Africa and the Phillipines
(Stuart Smyth, University of Saskatchewan)

Related studies:

Economic Benefits of Genetically-modified Herbicide-tolerant Canola for Producers

Assessing the Performance of GM Maize Amongst Smallholders in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Impacts of Bt Maize on Smallholder Income in the Philippines




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.

More information

Animation: The Authorisation Process in Motion!
Applying, consulting, and making a decision: The long and winding road to GMO authorisation in EU
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 Biosafety research:

Impact of Bt maize on
insect communities

Impact of Bt maize on
honey bees

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Jenny asks: How does the PCR method work?

At Germany's Institute for the Chemical and Veterinary Analysis of Food (CVUA) in Freiburg they use the PCR method to test food for traces of GM plants.

Jenny asks: How does Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer work?

Agrobacteria are a naturally occurring species of soil bacteria, which are able to transfer genes to plant cells. But how does this work? Jenny asks Thorsten Manthey of RLP AgroScience.


Promise and Reality

A Nature special issue

"The introduction of the first transgenic plant 30 years ago heralded the start of a second green revolution, providing food to the starving, profits to farmers and environmental benefits to boot. Many GM crops fulfilled the promise. But their success has been mired in controversy with many questioning their safety, their profitability and their green credentials. A polarized debate has left little room for consensus.

In this special issue, Nature explores the hopes, the fears, the reality and the future."

(Source: Nature)

Nature's special issue

May 7, 2013 [nach oben springen]

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