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Page last update: 25/12/2008

Planting seeds of agreement

The public debate surrounding genetically modified organisms has become increasingly polarised. As the gap widens between advocates and critics, their approach to the issues has become more emotive. The general public, caught in the crossfire, is growing more uncertain of just what to believe. The European Commission is committed to facilitating informed debate aimed at finding common ground between the various stakeholders. One such initiative is the ‘Round table on GMO safety’ which seeks to raise the voice of science in the GMO debate by establishing an ongoing discussion forum on the research results relating to both the benefits and risks. Set up in 2001, it brings together every year biosafety researchers, consumer organisations, national administrations and industry to ensure that up-to-date knowledge accompanies the safe use of GMOs. The round table’s latest meeting took place in Brussels on 24 April 2003. This section contains an archive of the documents relating to previous round tables.

GMO Round table of 24 April 2003

GMO Round table of 18 April 2002

GMO Round table of 9 October 2001

It included two workshops on the research results relating to the benefits and risks of BT maize. The first workshop addressed research on environmental safety and the second research on safety for food and feed.


Last update: 25 December 2008 | Top