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EU scientists call for more studies on GMO safety

A group of European scientists has called for further studies on the long-term effect of genetically modified food and crops, on the basis that experts still do not agree on the safety of GMOs. The group’s statement that there is “no scientific consensus on GMO safety” was initially issued in late 2013, but has since been published in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Environmental Sciences Europe. Signed by over 300 scientists and legal experts, it says that claims from industry and other scientists that there is a consensus that GM foods and crops are safe are “misleading”. Instead, the debate is ongoing and needs further data and discussion, says Nicolas Defarge of the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility.

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