Why ‘Safe Enough’ is Not Good Enough in Debates on New Gene Technologies

Open, transparent, and inclusive societal debate that goes beyond the ‘safe enough’ framing of risk assessment would allow for discussions of the socio-economic and cultural aspects, and of the benefits, drawbacks, and alternatives to new gene techniques. […]

Bt Cotton in India is Not a Pro-Poor Technology

This study argues that Bt cotton in India contains an inherent ‘sociobiological obsolescence’ , which has resulted in the dispossession of resource-poor farmers and has thus never been a pro-poor technology. […]

Need for Broad Assessment in the Regulation of Genome-Edited Products

This article evaluates arguments supporting that an approval procedure for genome-edited organisms for food or feed should include broad assessment covering societal, ethical and environmental concerns, and demonstrates that such assessment is feasible and justified. […]

Non-GMO Corn Outperforms GM Corn in Several US States

Results of recent field trials of non-GMO corn seed and published research show that non-GMO seed varieties can perform as well as or even better than GM seed. […]

Empirical Research on the Socio-Economic Impacts of GM Crops Seriously Inadequate

There is a lack of empirical and comprehensive research on the socio-economic impacts of GM crops. The majority of published research has mainly focused on a restricted set of monetary economic parameters with serious shortcomings in the methodologies. […]

A New Politics of Care in Biotechnology Governance

A framework of care-based ethics and politics can be directly used to guide the assessment of socio-economic and ethical considerations within formal biotechnology regulatory systems. […]

GM Crops Won’t Feed the Hungry, But Agroecology Will

The basic problem with GM crops as a solution to feeding the hungry is that it does not address the issue of food access for the poorest of the poor. Agroecology is a better way to help poor farmers improve production and avoid unnecessary financial risk. […]

Study Questions Sustainability of GM Soy Production in Argentina

This study finds a conflict between the so-called success of the “soybeanization” of Argentinian agriculture in terms of production and profit records, and the long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability of this model of production. […]

Broadening the Debate on the Development of Cisgenic Plants

This paper underscores the importance of broadening the scope of the debate on emerging plant breeding technologies, such as cisgenic GM plants. […]

Reported Contamination by GM-Ethanol Corn in Nebraska

Enogen, a genetically modified corn for ethanol production, has reportedly contaminated non-GM white corn grown in Nebraska that is used to make flour, presenting risks of market rejection for non-GMO and organic corn growers. […]