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. […]

How Commercial Interests Can Undermine Scientific Research

The republication of Seralini et al. has exemplified a trend where commercial interests undermine the scientific process when the findings are controversial and threaten industry interests. […]

Industry Evidence on Glyphosate Residues in Crops Inadequate for Regulatory Purposes

A review of 30 studies on compositional analysis and animal feeding trials of glyphosate-tolerant GM crops has found that evidence produced by industry is of insufficient standard for regulatory purposes and does not take into account glyphosate residues. […]

A Systems-Based Assessment of GMOs Urgently Needed

A new paper recommends a systems-based approach to the assessment of GMOs, as standard risk assessments are limited and inadequate to address the range of concerns that exist. […]

Unexpected Reactions in GM Maize in Response to Environmental Stress

A new study published in the journal PLOS One has demonstrated that gene expression and content of Bt toxin in GM maize cannot be reliably predicted, particularly under stressful conditions. […]