GMO study hopes to open doors in Europe

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GMO study hopes to open doors in Europe

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

This is Tim Hammerich from the Ag Information Network with your Farm of the Future report.

A large collaborative study between US and Swiss researchers has found that genetically modified Bt corn has little impact on non-target insects and other organisms. The impact is particularly low compared to growing conventional maize and the pesticides needed to control threats. Steve Naranjo is a recently retired scientist from the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Naranjo… “It’s not necessarily new news. I mean, the evidence since this thing was introduced in 1996 was sort of pointing in that direction. But it is perhaps the most rigorous attempt to examine the data to answer the question.

Naranjo collaborated with two Swiss researchers in an effort to prove the benefits of GMO products to European regulators.

Naranjo… “In Europe, the only GM crop allowed to be grown is a type of Bt maize and nothing else. While in many other parts of the world, such as the United States. we have Bt corn, we have Bt cotton, we have herbicide tolerant corn, we have herbicide tolerant cotton, we have herbicide tolerant soybeans. The technology has been adopted in some parts of the world with more enthusiasm than in other parts of the world. And so the goal was more to educate European regulators and European scientists.

Naranjo and his two Swiss colleagues conducted a meta-analysis to get their findings.

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