At the 2016 World Conservation Congress, members of IUCN, including NGOs, governments, and scientific/academic institutions, voted to adopt a de facto moratorium on research into gene drives until the IUCN has fully assessed their impacts.
Studies have found that insecticides do not contribute significantly to rice yields but instead bring negative impacts like pests outbreaks. Ecological interventions are safer and more effective in controlling pests.
New research has found broad-spectrum resistance to Bt toxins in the western corn rootworm pest in the US, raising concerns about the long-term durability of Bt crops for the management of insect pests.
A scientific review on the adverse impacts of GM food/plants finds a clear need for long-term studies on health effects, before we can conclude that the consumption of GM plants does not pose health risks to consumers.
The 8th Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity underscored the critical importance of understanding and strengthening the interlinkages between agriculture and biodiversity in order to establish food systems for a sustainable future.