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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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GMO Labelling: Guidelines

Restaurants and Canteens

Whether fast food restaurant or noble restaurant: In principle, regulations for the labelling of genetically modified food also apply in the catering trade. There are exceptions with canteens.

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At the restaurant: Labelling on the menu

 Gastronomic facilities

In gastronomic facilities, all meals and beverages must be labelled if they consist of, contain, or are produced from GMOs. Such products must be identifiable to the final consumer with a note, either on the menu or at the buffet.


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In the canteen: Labelling not always required

 Gastronomic facilities in enterprises, health institutions or educational facilities, where groups of people are regularly supplied with food

In this kind of facility, the labelling regulations are less extensive than in restaurants.

  • If the food consumed in such a facility is prepared or processed on site, the labelling of genetically modified organisms  is not required.

  • However, labelled products which are bought and directly delivered to the final consumer in such a facility also must be labelled.

  • For example: If a cafeteria operator buys GM tomatoes and offers them unprocessed as raw food, labelling is mandatory. However, if these GM tomatoes are converted to tomato soup, no labelling is required.

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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.

More information


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

January 23, 2007 [nach oben springen]

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