Biotech Updates

GMO Crops Can Help Climate and Environment

September 18, 2009

Danes are the people in the EU who feel best informed about GM foods; they are also among the consumers who associate the lowest risk with genetic technologies, said a new report from the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries. The report also acknowledged that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a promising way of producing plants resistant to climate changes. To further research into the possibilities and risks associated with GMOs, the Food Ministry has provided DKr 65 million for research into the use of biotechnology in farming, food, and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

"It would be unwise of us not to choose genetic technologies simply because we do not have sufficient information – these technologies have the potential to contribute to meeting the challenges facing us in terms of the climate and the environment as well as in questions of sufficient food supply," says the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Mrs. Eva Kjer Hansen.

The report's conclusions will be presented at a conference organized by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in co-operation with the Confederation of Danish Industry.

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