EU publishes report on the safety of GM crops

12th Jan 2011

Genetically modified (GM) crops have long been a subject of intense debate in Europe. For the past 25 years, the European Commission has funded extensive research projects to determine the effects of GM crops on environmental and human health. Their conclusion? There is no scientific evidence that GM crops pose a higher risk than conventional plants and organisms.

The findings were released on Dec. 9, 2010, in a report titled “A Decade of EU-Funded GMO Research.” The report is the work of more than 500 independent research groups, conducted from 2000 to 2010. According to Research Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, the report was undertaken “to contribute to a fully transparent debate on GMOs, based on balanced, science-based information.”

To Geoghan-Quinn, the report’s findings suggest new opportunities for Europeans. “The introduction of such advanced processes and materials based on biotechnology and GMOs,” she says, “has enormous potential not only to enhance quality of life while reducing environmental footprints, but also to improve the competitiveness of European industry.”

 

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