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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

Without Genetic Engineering

In the European Union, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and products derived from GMOs are explicitly excluded from organic production methods. Since 1999, the conditions for organic farming and for the marketing and import of organic products have been legally regulated. Some European member states have supplementary national regulations for the labelling of conventional products "without GMOs".

Products containing GMOs are ineligible to be labelled as organic, except for those containing up to 0.9 percent of GMO content through accidental contamination.

Organic products: not genetically engineered, but also not guaranteed to be absolutely GMO-free

In organic farm production, the deliberate application of genetic engineering is legally forbidden: regulations of the European Union prohibit the use of genetically modified plants or microorganisms. This prohibition also concerns feeds made from GM plants or made with enzymes produced by GM microorganisms. Nevertheless, slight GMO admixtures also are admissible in organic products, and GMO traces have been detected several times in control testing.

  • The threshold for adventitious, technically unavoidable admixtures of GMOs in 'bio' and conventional products has been set uniformly at 0.9 per cent.

  • Consequently, organic products containing admixtures below this threshold are released from the obligation of labelling. A stricter threshold for organic products than for conventional products would lead, in some cases, to GM-labelling differences between organic and conventional products containing the same proportion of GMOs.

Foods may be labelled with the indication "without use of genetic engineering". Some European member states have national regulations for this type of labelling.


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

Fruit and Vegetables
GMO-Procucts: Not to buy yet
January 24, 2007 [nach oben springen]

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