Scientists table GMO opinion
Ceské Budejovice - The scientists from the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Science who coordinated the EU project MOBITAG have tabled a report on their attitudes towards political interference in the EU’s GMO authorisation process, and have formulated six recommendations to European policymakers. “Many European scientists are disturbed by the fact that political factors and ideology prevent unbiased assessment of GM technology in some EU countries, with a negative effect on the whole Community,” said the head of the report, Professor František Sehnal. In response, the group recommends the following
1. Decisions concerning genetic modifications should not contradict scientific evidence.
2. Breeding techniques, including GM, should be evaluated in respect to the outcome rather than the process itself.
3. Precautionary principle should be
replaced by risk/benefit assessment applied to all innovations in agriculture.
4. Risk assessments should always include the benefits and comparison of parallel technologies with all their components
5. Economic assessment should also be done by comparison with parallel technologies.
6. If member states are allowed to ban technology permitted in the EU, they should also be allowed to use a technology that has not yet been approved by the EU.