EFSA mulls independent GM crop monitoring
EU monitoring of environmental effects of cultivating genetically modified crops would benefit from a move towards “open data” policies, utilising independent data as well as the mandatory monitoring carried out by companies after their GM crops are approved. The conclusion comes in a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion on the possible pooling of data from existing environmental surveillance networks. These have been set up under separate legislation related to water quality, pesticide use and habitats or pest occurrence. However, more work is needed on harmonisation, the EFSA says.