Biotech, GMOs not any riskier than conventional plant breeding technologies

Euro research shows GM no riskier

http://stage.sj.farmonline.com.au/news/state/grains-and-cropping/general/euro-research-shows-gm-no-riskier/2036489.aspx

Stock Journal
January 3, 2011

A recently-released report from the European Commission titled A decade of EU-funded GMO Research (2001-2010) has concluded that genetically modified organisms are no more risky than conventional plant breeding technologies.

The publication presented the results of 50 projects involving more than 400 research groups and representing European research grants of some 200 million Euro.

This figure brings the total commission funding of research on GMO safety to more than 300m Euro since its inception in 1982 in the biomolecular engineering program. In addition, many member states also launched their own national research initiatives, complementing the co-ordinated European research efforts.

“The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than, for example, conventional plant breeding technologies,” the report states.

You can view the report at: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/kbbe/docs/a-decade-of-eu-funded-gmo-research_en.pdf

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