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The booklet "Genetically modified crops" published from the German Research Foundation, does not meet the given claim

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Environmental Sciences EuropeBridging Science and Regulation at the Regional and European Level201123:1

  • Received: 25 January 2011
  • Accepted: 2 February 2011
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In December 2009 the German Research Foundation published the booklet "Grüne Gentechnik" (Genetically modified crops) claiming to give a scientifically well balanced information about GMO's in agriculture. In this paper we analyse this approach resulting in a critical review regarding the intention of the booklet. We conclude that the evaluation of GMO's in agriculture primarily from a crop breeding perspective is lacking crucial positions in terms of ecology, socio-economy, agronomy, nutritional sciences and finally ethics in life science.


  • Agriculture
  • Agro-biodiversity
  • Biodiversity
  • Bt-maize
  • Codes of good agricultural practise
  • Coexistence
  • Ecosystem services
  • Environmental protection
  • Food security
  • Gene technology
  • Genetically modified crops
  • Glyphosate
  • Herbicide tolerance
  • Land use
  • Maize
  • Sustainability