WP 3-6 and 8:
Evaluation of data and research activities on beneficial and adverse impacts of GM crops
Numerous international studies and research activities have addressed the potential social, environmental and health impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants in food and feed. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the standard of scientific research varies widely. Research results are not readily available and conclusions are not always transparent or easy to understand. Consequently, it has been difficult to put any identified risks relating to GM plants into realistic contexts and to provide balanced, comprehensible information to decision makers.
Health impacts of GMO (©MattoMatteo/istockphoto.com)
In the following Work Packages, GRACE will firstly establish guidelines for a transparent consensus review system in the EU to assess the quality of the existing data on the impacts of GM plants (WP8). This Good Review Practice will provide a framework that will be used to compile an extensive online, open-access database (WP6) on the health effects (WP3), socio-economic benefits (WP4) and environmental impacts (WP5) of GM plants. In addition to published literature, GRACE will also include unpublished research activities to identify potential knowledge gaps concerning commercialized GM plants and those that have not yet been approved.
Socio-economic risks and benefits (©countrypixel/fotolia.com)
A team of experts will assess the scientific quality of the data and draft recommendations on whether the reports fundamentally change the risk status of a GM plant. All conclusions and proposals derived from the reviews will be available on the GRACE website and communicated via workshops, dialogue events and media activities to the project partners, stakeholders and the public.
Environmental issues (©gmo-safety.eu)
WP8: Good review practice for risk assessments of GM crops
WP3: Review of food, feed and health impacts of GM crops
WP4: Review of socio-economic issues
WP5: Review of environmental impacts of GM plants
WP6: Networking and database technology