Improving Traceability to Prevent Unauthorised GMOs in the EU

As traceability can complement detection and identification strategies, improvements to the existing traceability strategy for GMOs in the EU are investigated in this study. […]

Ensuring good governance of synthetic biology at SBSTTA-26

As Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity gather in Nairobi for the Twenty-sixth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice from 13-18 May 2024, the issue of synthetic biology is high on the agenda. […]

TWN Briefing Note on Risk Assessment for SBSTTA-26

Key recommendations for SBSTTA-26 on risk assessment on living modified organisms containing engineered gene drives. […]

French Health and Food Safety Agency Recommends Pre-Market Assessment of New GM Plants

The French National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) calls for new GM plants to be assessed for health and environmental risks on a case-by-case basis before being placing on the market. […]

US Federal Court Rescinds EPA’s Approval of Dicamba Herbicide

A US federal court recently rescinded the U.S. EPA 2020 approval of the highly volatile herbicide dicamba for use on certain GM crops. […]

TWN Briefing Note on Synthetic Biology for SBSTTA-26, May 2024

Key recommendations for SBSTTA-26 on synthetic biology […]

Environmental Risks from Oilseed Crops Produced Using New Genomic Techniques

This study highlights the environmental risks associated with the use of new genomic techniques (NGT) on oilseed crops, such as negative effects on pollinators and increased risk of spread and persistence of NGT plants. […]

Precautionary Principle Central to Regulation on Plants from New Genomic Techniques

The precautionary principle must remain central in a science-based regulation in line with the existing EU laws as the prerequisite for the use of plants obtained by certain new genetic techniques. […]

Getting Ahead of Challenges in the Risk Assessment and Management of GM Viruses

The horizon scan of GM virus applications in this study indicates that a number of significant challenges remain in the risk assessment and risk management of GM virus applications. […]

Impacts of Transgene Contamination on Small Farmers in South Africa

Transgene contamination of local seed systems and farmers’ fields in South Africa is common, but under-reported and can negatively impact agrobiodiversity, food security, farming practices, and traditional seed saving and exchange systems. […]