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Genetically Modified Crops explained

GreenFacts releases a reader-friendly summary of a consensus document by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

We are regularly confronted with genetically modified foods, be it in the news or on our plates. In what way are GM crops different from conventional crops? What is known about their possible risks for human health or the environment? GreenFacts has faithfully summarised FAO’s “State of Food and Agriculture in 2003-2004” and published it in a reader-friendly Three-Level Structure of increasing detail at: Terri Raney, the editor of this FAO publication, stated: “The GreenFacts study on GMOs is an excellent summary of the scientific evidence reported in The State of Food and Agriculture 2003-04. We at FAO are very pleased with our collaboration with GreenFacts and feel confident that their initiative will make a valuable contribution to the public debate on this controversial subject. Congratulations GreenFacts on a job well done“. Questions answered by this GreenFacts summary include: o How can biotechnology be applied to agriculture? o Are GM plant foods safe to eat? o What effects could GM crops have on the environment?




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