Scientists back GM food and farming

A global overview of assessments of genetic modification (GM) in agriculture and food has bolstered biotechnology industry claims that European resistance to the technology is not science-based. According to the International council for science (Icsu), some 50 studies published over the last three years show that "currently available GM foods are safe to eat", while environmental effects will depend on "application and choice" and could be either positive or negative. Gene flow to related species will happen, it says, but there is "no evidence of any deleterious environmental effects". See Icsu and the report.

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