Sweet Environmental Consultants (SEC), UK

Sweet Environmental Consultants (SEC), UK

Independent environmental and research consultancy working for governments and government agencies on projects relating to the environment, agriculture, GMOs and crop protection.

Staff member:

  • Jeremy Bruton Sweet, PhD

22 years conducting research on the risk assessment of GMOs studying environmental and agronomic impacts, and gene flow to crops and wild relatives. Coordinator of the UK BRIGHT project on herbicide tolerance, coordinator of the ESF programme “Assessing the Impact of GMOs”, coordinator of the EUFP6 SIGMEA project on gene flow and gene impacts, participant in the FP6 CO-EXTRA programme. 

Advisory Board member of the Pegasus FP7 project on GM animals and the EU COST Action on GM trees (FP0905).  Steering Committee of the Swiss NFP59 and the Finnish ESGMO programmes on GMOs. Author in over 40 scientific papers on GMOs and of a book.

Member of the EFSA GMO Panel and Environment Working Group and Chairman of the WG on GM fish.

Consultant and advisor on GMOs to EC, EP, national governments, FAO and scientific organisations and academies of several countries. Co-author of several EFSA scientific opinions.

Selected publications:

  • Jörg Romeis, Detlef Bartsch, Franz Bigler, Marco. Candolfi, Marco. Gielkens, Susan Hartley, Richard Hellmich, Joseph Huesing, Paul. Jepson, Raymond Layton, Hector Quemada, Alan Raybould, Robyn Rose, Joachim Schiemann, Mark Sears, Anthony Shelton, Jeremy Sweet, et al. (2008)  Non-target arthropod risk assessment of insect- resistant GM crops. Nature Biotech 26, 2, 203-208
  • P J W Lutman, J. Sweet, et al (2008)  Herbicide tolerant winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus): the impact of weed management practices on weed populations when grown in rotation with winter cereals. Weed Research 48,  408-419
  • Kerstin Schmidt, Ralf Wilhelm, Jörg Schmidtke, Lutz Beissner, Wenke Mönkemeyer, Petra Böttinger, Jeremy Sweet and Joachim Schiemann (2008) Farm questionnaires for monitoring genetically modified crops: a case study using GM maize. Environ. Biosafety Res. 7 163–179
  • Perry, J.N., Devos, Y., Arpaia, S., Bartsch, D., Gathmann, A., Hails, R.S., Kiss, J., Lheureux, K., Manachini, B., Mestdagh, S., Neemann, G., Ortego, F., Schiemann, J. Sweet, J.B.(2010) A mathematical model of exposure of non-target Lepidoptera to Bt-maize pollen expressing Cry1Ab within Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences, 277: 1417-1425.
  • Jeremy Sweet & Detlef Bartsch (2011) Guidance on risk assessment of herbicide tolerant GM plants by the European Food Safety Authority. J. für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit   6, supplement 1, 65-72