A new scientific publication co-authored by Monsanto employees, is warning that the cultivation of the genetically modified soybean Intacta (MON 87701 × MON 89788) could promote the spread of specific pest insects. According to the authors, the effects are likely to be caused by unintended effects in the plants, possibly arising from the insertion of the additional DNA. The genetically engineered soybean produced by Monsanto is resistant to herbicides containing glyphosate and produces a Bt insecticide.
On 29 of September an international Conference of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol will start in South Korea. Amongst others it will deal with the issue of unintended transboundary movements of genetically engineered organisms. A broad coalition of organisations are calling for initiatives to stop the uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered organisms into the environment. Testbiotech is demanding that the EU Member States take the lead in initiatives.
Vorträge der Veranstaltung von Testbiotech online
Am 7. Mai 2014 fand in Berlin die Tagung zum Thema "Gentechnik - Pflanzen: Risiko ohne Kontrolle?" statt. Die Video-Aufzeichnungen der Vorträge von Professor Dr. Elena Álvarez-Buylla, Wolfgang Koehler, Dr. Thomas Kyris, Andreas Bauer-Panskus und Dr. Broder Breckling sind jetzt online: http://vimeo.com/testbiotech.
Civil society organisations send a further letter to Jean-Claude Juncker
19 August 2014 Several organisations including Testbiotech have again criticised the creation of the post of chief scientific adviser (CSA) to the European Commission. In the letter published today concerns are voiced that the position of CSA is “fundamentally problematic as it concentrates too much influence in one person”.