New GM Plants Must be Subject to Case-specific Premarket Risk Assessment

The products of new GMO techniques, including genome editing, cannot be assumed to be safe but must be subjected to a pre-market risk assessment tailored to the specific GMO in question. […]

Outcomes of the FAO’s Second International Symposium on Agroecology

FAO’s Second International Symposium on Agroecology was held in April 2018. The organisation stands ready to assist countries in the implementation of agroecological transitions towards sustainable agriculture and food systems in support of the SDGs. […]

Efficacy of Bt Pyramided Crops in Question

Studies are showing that insect resistance development can occur with pyramided Bt crops, diminishing their efficacy. […]

Organic Diets Significantly Reduce Pesticide Exposure in Humans

A new study reports that families eating a 100% organic diet rapidly and dramatically reduced their exposure to four classes of pesticides by an average of 60% over just six days. […]

Agroecology and Organic Farming Can Drive Sustainability in Agriculture

Focusing agriculture and food policies on the SDGs needs to be at the top of the agenda in order to accelerate the necessary shift towards more-sustainable food systems, which can be achieved via agroecology and organic farming. […]

Treat Gene Drives with the Utmost Precaution, say Independent Scientists

This report published by three independent scientific organisations concludes that gene drives should be treated with the utmost precaution. […]

Organic Cropland Emits 40% Less Greenhouse Gas Than Conventional Cropland

Cropland farmed organically over a longer period emits 40% less nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas, per hectare than conventionally farmed cropland. This has been revealed in results from a world-wide long-term field trial. Diversified crop sequencing is a precondition. […]

International Scientists Urge Precaution with Gene Drives: New Study

Gene drives should be treated with the utmost precaution, international scientists conclude in a new and comprehensive study. Until effective, legally binding international regulation is in place, as well as genuine public engagement, no gene drive organisms should be released, the study recommends. […]

Lessons from GMO Contamination in Canada

GMO escape and contamination incidents in Canada provide urgent lessons that need to be evaluated and understood before any more GM plants and animals are released in the country. […]

Briefing Paper: Gene Drive Organisms: What Africa Should Know About Actors, Motives and Threats to Biodiversity and Food Systems

This paper explains the serious risks and complexities that gene drive organisms pose to human health, the environment and society, particularly in the African context. […]