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 In the context of the ongoing debate on the risk assessment of GM food/feed in Europe, it is crucial to put the findings of the 2-year feeding study in a perspective that also covers not only normative dimensions.

 

Normative dimensions regarding whole-food animal toxicity studies for GMO risk assessment have been identified and characterised. In a second step an analysis on how they relate to the scientific aspects has followed. The overall approach was to compare the controversy on animal toxicity studies in GMO risk assessment to (i) other science-policy conflicts related to animal toxicity studies in food safety, which have been elaborated as case studies:  the artificial sweetener Aspartame and Bisphenol A, a compound used in polycarbonate plastics.

 

The draft analytical framework for the comparative analysis and the selection of case studies have been discussed and refined in a mini workshop with external experts. The draft analysis and conclusions will be summarised in a journal manuscript to be discussed and revised based on a combined expert/stakeholder workshop.


In the course of the above-mentioned expert/stakeholder workshop, the results from the analysis of normative dimensions has been brought together and the role of normative dimensions for the justification of long-term studies will be discussed.
 

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GMO90+ results published

3 January 2019

The results of the GMO90+ project, funded by the French government, have been published in Toxicological Sciences on December 10th, 2018. In this project, rats were fed for six-months with 8 maize-based diets at 33% that comprised either MON810 (11% and 33%) or NK603 grains (11% and 33 % with or without glyphosate treatment) or their corresponding near-isogenic controls. Similar to the results of G-TwYST and GRACE, no adverse health effect (and no biomarkers) could be attributed to the consumption of GMP diets in comparison with the consumption of their near-isogenic non-GMP controls.

 

The complete publication is available at the website of Toxicological sciences.

Tomorrow‘s food: How GMOs change global farming

30 July 2018

Austrian documentary makers from the media and research platform addendum.org published a version of their documentary "Tomorrow‘s food: How GMOs change global farming" with english subtitles (put subtitles 'on') on their Youtube channel. They included the G-TwYST findings that were presented at the final Conference in Bratislava on April 16, 2018 (between 28:15 and 31:20 in the documentary).