Crop Biotech Update

Pocket K No. 56: Substantial Equivalence of GM and Non-GM Crops

March 21, 2018

One of the primary requirements in commercializing a genetically modified (GM) crop is the proof of its substantial equivalence with its non-GM counterpart. In other words, substantial equivalence means that a new product such as a GM crop must be the same as the non-GM crop except for the traits that were enhanced, added, or removed through genetic engineering. Read more about the concept of substantial equivalence, how crops are tested, and the declarations of safety based on this concept by trusted scientific organizations from Pocket K 56: Substantial Equivalence of GM and Non-GM Crops. Get a copy for free from the ISAAA website

Pocket Ks are Pockets of Knowledge, packaged information on crop biotechnology products and related issues available at your fingertips. They are produced by the ISAAA Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology.