Are genetically modified (GM) crops biosafe? That is, do they harm the ecosystems we rely on?
Here’s a 2002 article about GM crops in poor countries, in the journal Food Policy. Robert L. Paarlberg concluded that GM food or feed crops were discouraged in poor countries, not really because of biosafety concerns but because of pressure from ‘consumers in high-income importing regions, such as Europe and Japan’.
Here’s a 2004 review of the science about GM crops, in the Chinese Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology. Jia Shi-Rong and Jin Wu-Jun concluded that ‘international debates on the biosafety of GM crops are not purely a scientific issue, but are related to economic and trade considerations.’
Is it just a matter of wealthy consumers being too cautious? Maybe so. But maybe not. Michelle Marvier at Santa Clara University (USA) gives an interview with GMO Compass. Prof Marvier says that the science about GM crop biosafety often is often contradictory. She say that the body of evidence is often weak, because it’s expensive to collect large enough datasets.
The interview with Prof Marvier is the most recent news story on GMO Compass. I’m watching.