GM crops engineered to be resistant to herbicides pose a threat to the right to food. The herbicides used in conjunction with these crops also have health impacts that need to be evaluated in parallel.
Research has demonstrated that Roundup Ready GM-soy may accumulate high residue levels of glyphosate and its breakdown product. It also showed that different agricultural practices may result in a markedly different nutritional composition of soybeans.
A first-ever testing of glyphosate in the breast milk of American mothers has found ‘high’ levels in 3 out of 10 samples, raising concerns that the herbicide, widely used with GM herbicide resistant crops, can accumulate in the human body.
Environmental and civil society groups warn the Brazilian regulator of GMOs, CTNBio, not to approve commercial releases of GM mosquitoes in Brazil without full public consultation, access to conclusive field trials data and a post release monitoring plan.
This briefing calls for a precautionary approach to synthetic biology and recommends that CBD Parties establish a moratorium on the environmental and commercial release of Synthetically Modified Organisms and assess their livelihood implications.