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

  • Friedhelm Taube1Email author,
  • Michael Krawinkel2,
  • Andreas Susenbeth3 and
  • Werner Theobald4
Environmental Sciences EuropeBridging Science and Regulation at the Regional and European Level201123:1

https://doi.org/10.1186/2190-4715-23-1

Received: 25 January 2011

Accepted: 2 February 2011

Published: 2 February 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords

AgricultureAgro-biodiversityBiodiversityBt-maizeCodes of good agricultural practiseCoexistenceEcosystem servicesEnvironmental protectionFood securityGene technologyGenetically modified cropsGlyphosateHerbicide toleranceLand useMaizeSustainability