The USDA’s approval of Monsanto’s GE dicamba-resistant soy and cotton has been criticized for ignoring farmers’ concerns and downplaying the risks of significant environmental, agronomic and socioeconomic harm.
Recent research from Panama raises questions on the strategy of releasing GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a bid to control dengue, given the close similarities it has with another mosquito species, Aedes albopictus.
The largest meta-analysis to date on organic vs. conventional farming has found a smaller yield gap, and in some cases, none at all between the two, compared to previous findings.Thus, organic farming with agroecological practices can deliver high yields.
The EU Parliament and Council have agreed on new legislation that will allow EU member states to restrict or ban GM crops on their own territory. The move has however been described as failing to provide legal certainty for member states.
This commentary argues that the enforcement of a strict divide between nature and culture or social and ecological systems in Europe's risk assessment of GMOs is counter-productive, for both robust science and considered ethical action.
In an important contribution to the discussion on socio-economic considerations in GMO decision-making, the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board has published a report on how to assess the sustainability of herbicide-resistant GM plants.