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Compendium on "A Decade of EU-funded GMO Research"

December 17, 2010

A compendium on  A Decade of EU-funded GMO Research was recently published by the European Union. European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "The aim of this book is to contribute to a fully transparent debate on GMOs, based on balanced, science–based information. According to the findings of the EU-funded projects, GMOs potentially provide opportunities to reduce malnutrition, especially in lesser developed countries, as well as to increase yields and assist towards the adaptation of agriculture to climate change. But we clearly need strong safeguards to control any potential risks."

This new publication aims to contribute to the debate on GMOs by disseminating the outcomes of research projects to scientists, regulatory bodies and to the public. It follows up previous publications on EU-funded research on GMO safety. Over the last 25 years, more than 500 independent research groups have been involved in such research. According to the projects' results, there is, as of today, no scientific evidence associating GMOs with higher risks for the environment or for food and feed safety than conventional plants and organisms.

For more information, see http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/1688&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en