Biotech Updates

Danish Report: GM Crops Can Reduce Climate and Environment Concerns

October 2, 2009

Genetically modified (GM) crops have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as help farmers cope with climate change. This was forwarded by a report from the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries which also earmarked DKr 65 million (US$13 M) for further research on GM crops.

"Today, eight percent of the world's agricultural land is used for growing GM crops, and GMOs have a positive potential that we must consider seriously," said Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Eva Kjer Hansen. "Twenty percent of Europeans believe wrongly that their own genes will be modified if they eat GM food . . . It can be difficult to tell truth from fiction when you are talking about modern biotechnology, and that is why I wanted this report, which collates the present knowledge about the subject."

The Ministry's press release is available at