Abc stresses overwhelming weight of evidence on safety of GM crops

22.10.2013

Agricultural Biotechnology Council

Published 22 October 2013

Commenting on claims by anti-GM campaign group the ENSSER on the safety of genetically modified organisms, Dr Julian Little, abc Chair said:

“Biotech crops are among the most extensively tested foods in the history of food safety. In 2010, the European Commission concluded on the basis of 130 research projects involving 500 independent groups over 25 years that '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 (1). This year, the representative body of the national science academies of the EU Member states agreed, saying that “there is no validated evidence that GM crops have greater adverse impact on health and the environment” than any other crops produced using plant breeding techniques (2).

“An estimated 3 trillion meals containing GM ingredients have been eaten around the world over the last 13 years without a single substantiated case of ill-health. The World Health Organisation has said that: ‘No effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of such foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved’ (3).

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