GM Crops Bring Bare Benefit to Farmers

This report examines the impact of GM crops on farmers and finds that they have not increased yields or farm incomes, have reduced seed diversity, constrained seed exchange, and imposed additional burdens of herbicide-resistant weeds and GM contamination. […]

Comprehensive Studies on the Social Impacts of GM Crops Seriously Lacking

A review of 99 journal articles on the social impacts of GM crops in agriculture has found that very few are comprehensive in nature, focusing mostly on economic impacts in the Global South and presenting rosier results than warranted. […]

Transgenes Found in Small Farmers’ Maize Seed Supplies in South Africa

A study has detected maize transgenes in informal seed supplies of smallholder farmers in Eastern Cape, South Africa, demonstrating the difficulty in preventing transgene flow where crops are grown close by and where seed saving and exchange are common. […]

Socio-Ecological Factors Important in GMO Assessment

This commentary argues that the enforcement of a strict divide between nature and culture or social and ecological systems in Europe’s risk assessment of GMOs is counter-productive, for both robust science and considered ethical action. […]

Assessing If Herbicide-Resistant GM Plants are Sustainable

In an important contribution to the discussion on socio-economic considerations in GMO decision-making, the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board has published a report on how to assess the sustainability of herbicide-resistant GM plants. […]

Who Benefits from GM Crops?

A report on the impact of GM crops to date has revealed that they have essentially failed to deliver on their promised benefits and that resistance to such crops is increasing across the globe from both governmental and non-governmental sectors. […]

Study Finds Argentina’s Soy Boom Model Socially and Ecologically Unsustainable

Study finds Argentina’s soy boom model socially and ecologically unsustainable and urgently calls for broader analytical frameworks for assessment of new agrarian technologies which encompass social and environmental considerations. […]

Socio-economic Considerations in GMO Decision-making

This TWN Biosafety Briefing provides some insights on the basic questions of what, why, when and how to include socio-economic considerations in GMO decision-making. […]

Socio-Economic Impact of GM Corn in the Philippines

A Philippines study on the socio-economic impacts of GM corn cultivation has found evidence of increased farmer debt and impoverishment, highlighting the urgent need for socio-economic considerations to play an integral role in proper biosafety assessment […]

GE Crop Performance in the US Questioned

A new research study questioning the main claims of the benefits of GM crops has sparked intense interest and attention. […]