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Hillary Clinton at the BIO 2014:

‘GM crops stand for necessary solutions for the environment’

As the keynote speaker at the 2014 BIO conference in San Diego, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed by CEO and BIO president Jim Greenwood. The wide ranging discussion touched a broad variety of topics including the benefits of agricultural biotechnology.
She said that she is in favor of using seeds and products that have a proven track record those as the GMO products are. Especially for developing countries this technology would be very important as its stand for necessary solutions for the environment. In this context she drew attention to the US Feed the Future program.

Hillary Clinton spoke to thousands about the benefits of GM crops and the future of biotech at the BIO International Convention 2014.

The  Feed the Future programme is investing in a broad range of research and development activities to support global food security. These activities are implemented with a broad base of public and private partners. The programme includes efforts to utilize technology to solve major agricultural challenges, in some cases including the development and use of genetically engineered crops.

One example is the research conducted at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Kenya. The researchers are developing molecular methods to facilitate the genetic modification of a wide range of locally preferred varieties of banana. With support from Feed the Future, these new molecular methods allow for the transfer of genetic resistance to diseases—like banana bacterial wilt, which costs farmers $500 million annually in crop losses.

Hillary Clinton also commented on the negative image of GM crops in many countries. She said the debate about GMOs might be turned toward the biotech side if the benefits were better explained. ‘Genetically modified sounds ‘Frankensteinish’ – drought resistant sounds really like something you want’, she said. ‘There is a big gap between what the facts are and what the perceptions are’, she added. Such negative perceptions would also affect the current debate on the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States. ‘Let us stick to facts’, was her credo.

The BIO International Convention from the 23th – 26th of June 2014 in San Diego hosted 28.000 meetings in 3 days. With 15.000 attendees it is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry.

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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.

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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Impact of Bt maize on
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Impact of Bt maize on
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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.

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