Biotech Updates

PBS Releases Policy Brief on GM Crops and Private Standards

April 24, 2009

The Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS), managed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), has recently published several new documents. In the 2-page policy brief "Biosafety and Perceived Commercial Risks: The Role of GM-Free Private Standards," authors Guillaume Gruere and Debdatta Sengupta summarize a study on commercial risks and the role of GM-free private standards in biosafety decision making in developing countries. The findings are used to suggest a straightforward decision making framework to help separate real commercial risks from other perceived risks. PBS has also issued country factsheets for Malawi and Nigeria, which described PBS's ongoing work in these countries related to research and capacity building. The factsheets join five existing ones for Ghana, Kenya, Mali, the Philippines, and Uganda. These materials and more are available on the PBS website ( and the PBS blog (