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Stakeholder input wanted: survey on research needs for assessing GMO impacts 

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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Events

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. or.

Rat used in animal feeding trials

The aim of the consultation is to discuss the results of the 90-day feeding studies with GM maize MON810 performed as part of the GRACE project, to update on GRACE activities on alternative and complementary studies to animal feeding studies (in vitro, in silico, and analytical studies), and to provide information on follow-up and spin-off activities.

Anyone interested in attending is kindly invited to register by sending name, first name, affiliation and contact address via e-mail to GRACE-consultations@perseus.eu before 30 April 2013.


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 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.

 
GM CROPS:

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

April 15, 2014 [nach oben springen]

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