National Academies Report on Genetically Engineered Crops

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The Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released their report on Genetically Engineered Crops.

“Genetically Engineered Crops builds on previous related Academies reports published between 1987 and 2010 by undertaking a retrospective examination of the purported positive and adverse effects of GE crops and to anticipate what emerging genetic-engineering technologies hold for the future. This report indicates where there are uncertainties about the economic, agronomic, health, safety, or other impacts of GE crops and food, and makes recommendations to fill gaps in safety assessments, increase regulatory clarity, and improve innovations in and access to GE technology.”

The committee was chaired by NCSU’s Dr. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture.

A summary of the report is available for download: NAS Genetically Engineered Crops Summary as is  the Executive Summary. The full report is available here: NAS Genetically Engineered Crops Full Report. More information about the committee, the report and the committee’s methods.

View presentation slides from release event.

View the Academies press release

Comments concerning the report by several experts.

Perspectives from three members of the study committee from The Conversation. 

Interview with committee chairman Fred Gould.

An interesting perspective from The Guardian in Europe Europe can no longer turn its back on the benefits of genetically modified crops

Journalist Tamar Haspel summarizes the report for National Geographic.

Summary of the report in Spanish.