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Study: GE crops are safe

23 Oct 13

A review of original research papers, reviews, relevant opinions and reports addressing all the major issues that have emerged in the debate on genetically engineered (GE) crops has been published in Critical Reviews in Biotechnology. It concludes that scientific research conducted thus far has not detected any significant hazards directly connected with the use of GE crops.  Just under 1800 papers were included in the review covering topics related to interaction of GE crops with the environment and with the food chain. The topic of biodiversity dominated the list, followed by traceability and GE food/feed consumption. The authors note that the number of papers on traceability has increased over the years, indicating an increasing demand for methods and protocols for transgene detection. The gene flow issue also received increasing attention, as a response to the demands of the consumers connected with the coexistence of different productive systems. The authors also note that the literature about Biodiversity and the GE food/feed consumption has sometimes resulted in animated debate regarding the suitability of the experimental designs, the choice of the statistical methods or the public accessibility of data. They state that this debate 'has frequently been distorted by the media and often used politically and inappropriately in anti-GE crops campaigns'. Ultimately, the authors of the report believe that genetic engineering and GE crops should be considered important options in the efforts toward sustainable agricultural production.  

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