Two journal articles spell out why current CRISPR-based gene drives are too risky for field and even lab experimentation because they are remarkably aggressive and are likely to spread to most populations of the target species throughout the world.
Key recommendations to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030: promote agroecology as the main food system, promote women's empowerment and right to land, regulate agri-food transnational corporations, and democratise food systems governance.
New peer-reviewed data has shown how two Cry-toxins acted in combination and that the same Cry-toxins showed combinatorial effects when co-exposed with Roundup. EFSA dismissal of such research exposes the weaknesses in their risk assessment processes.
There is ample evidence on the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to diverse, healthy diets; sustainability in agriculture; seed systems delivering crop diversity; and conserving agricultural biodiversity for use in sustainable food systems.
There is a lack of empirical and comprehensive research on the socio-economic impacts of GM crops. The majority of published research has mainly focused on a restricted set of monetary economic parameters with serious shortcomings in the methodologies.
By combining organic agriculture with eating less meat, cutting food waste by half, and fixing nitrogen in the soil instead of using fertilizer, the world could be fed sustainably without vastly increasing the amount of land under agricultural production.
Glyphosate resistant crops have led to intensification of glyphosate use, emergence of glyphosate-resistant weeds and microorganisms, changes in microbiomes and disease resistance, deteriorated plant and animal health, and increased antibiotic resistance.
This report makes a strong case for more investments in and support for small-scale sustainable agriculture in developing countries, which is recognised as the most efficient way to tackle hunger and poverty.