Novel Features of Gene Drives Warrant Advanced Risk and Technology Assessments

An understanding of the novel features of gene drive organisms is necessary to evaluate their impacts on the environment.Current risk assessment approaches may need to be updated and adapted, and complemented with a broader technology assessment approach. […]

Combinatorial Effects of Stacked GM Plants Deserve Proper Assessment

New peer-reviewed data has shown how two Cry-toxins acted in combination and that the same Cry-toxins showed combinatorial effects when co-exposed with Roundup. EFSA dismissal of such research exposes the weaknesses in their risk assessment processes. […]

Roundup Harms Soil Fungus At Far Below Permissible Doses

Research shows that Roundup caused metabolic disturbances in an important soil fungus at doses far below the recommended agricultural application rate, raising the possibility that herbicide residues may add toxic properties to a final GM plant product. […]

Bt Toxins in GM Crops More Toxic Than Natural Bt Toxins

A peer-reviewed analysis comparing GMO and natural Bt proteins has found clear differences between the two, and that the process of inserting Bt toxins into crops causes them to be more toxic and active against many more species. […]

Time to Reassess Risk Assessment Methods for GM Crops and Herbicides

Call for a review of risk assessment methods for GM crops and glyphosate-based herbicides based on new studies which employed the latest ‘omics’ techniques to disprove earlier claims of safety. […]

NK603 Maize Not Substantially Equivalent to Non-GM Counterpart

A new study disproves claims that a GM Roundup-tolerant maize is ‘substantially equivalent’ to its non-GM counterpart, highlighting the need for a more thorough evaluation of the safety of consuming products derived from this GM maize on a long-term basis […]

Future Work on Risk Assessment Under the Biosafety Protocol Threatened

At the meeting of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in Cancun, Mexico, the continued work on risk assessment under the Protocol is under threat. […]

EU Risk Assessments of GM Food and Feed Found Inadequate

Testbiotech has analysed current EU standards for the risk assessment of genetically engineered plants for use in food and feed and found them to be inadequate. […]

Serious Lack of Scientific Data on the Effects of Bt toxins

Two studies which have examined the combinatorial effects of Bt toxins in stacked GM crops and the biosafety and biological effects of Bt toxins on mammals have found a serious gap in knowledge about these effects. […]

Uncertainties and Knowledge Gaps in the Environmental Risk Assessment of GMOs

A new report identifies the scientific uncertainties, knowledge gaps and research needs related to the introduction, use and environmental assessment of GMOs. […]