• The fastest GE tomato in the world

    2 November 2018 / In a petition published in October 2018, around 75 experts, some of them representing European research institutes, called for crop plants derived from new methods of genetic engineering (or what they call ‚precision breeding‘) to be exempt from the EU GMO Directive. They argue that the risks are negligible and there…


  • ‘EFSI’ assesses the risks of genetically engineered maize – teosinte hybrids

    24 April 2018 Why is teosinte an issue in Europe? Teosinte is a plant species native to Mesoamerica and is a wild ancestor of maize. It is therefore able to hybridise with maize plants to produce viable offspring. It has been known since at least 2009 that newly introduced teosinte is growing and spreading rapidly…


  • Feeding study with genetically engineered maize NK603 does not provide evidence of adverse effects on the health of rats

    17 April 2018 / An EU-funded research project known as G-TwYST conducted a two-year feeding trial with rats using genetically engineered maize resistant to glyphosate (NK603). According to the results which are not yet finally published, the diet fed to the rats did not trigger any clear signs of health effects. The study followed internationally…


  • Meta-analysis of data from GE maize fails reality check

    20 March 2018 / In their meta-analysis, Pellegrino et al. (2018) claim to have found evidence that GE maize performs better than conventional maize in regard to higher yield and lower concentrations of mycotoxins. Further, it is claimed that non-target organisms are not affected by the toxins produced in the GE maize. These findings appeared…


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