"Many alternatives" to GM crops available

A study commissioned by Germany's environment agency has cast doubt on suggestions that genetic modification (GM) is uniquely placed to help make farm crops pest or disease resistant. Researchers at Austria's environment agency found that in each of five case studies, non-GM alternatives were available. They conclude that broader issues including environmental impacts and public acceptance will determine whether GM or other technologies such as conventional plant breeding are taken up and recommend continued investment in non-GM techniques. See press release.

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