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Du Marchie Sarvaas C.,EuropaBio
Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech | Year: 2012

Food production and hunger have only recently re-discovered their status as high priority issues. It is widely agreed by international organisations that food production must increase by up to 70 percent by 2050 in order to feed to world's growing population. A wide array of tools and techniques will be necessary to meet this challenge, including biotechnology and other plant science innovations. Source

Smets G.,PERSEUS bvba | Alcalde E.,Syngenta | Andres D.,Bayer CropScience | Carron D.,EuropaBio | And 11 more authors.
Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts | Year: 2014

The European Union (EU) Directive 2001/18/EC on the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the environment requires that both Case-Specific Monitoring (CSM) and General Surveillance (GS) are considered as post-market implementing measures. Whereas CSM is directed to monitor potential adverse effects of GMOs or their use identified in the environmental risk assessment, GS aims to detect un-intended adverse effects of GMOs or their use on human and animal health or the environment. Guidance documents on the monitoring of genetically modified (GM) plants from the Commission and EFSA clarify that, as appropriate, GS can make use of established routine surveillance practices. Networks involved in routine surveillance offer recognised expertise in a particular domain and are designed to collect information on important environmental aspects over a large geographical area. However, as the suitability of existing monitoring networks to provide relevant data for monitoring impacts of GMOs is not known, plant biotechnology companies developed an approach to describe the processes and criteria that will be used for selecting and evaluating existing monitoring systems. In this paper, the availability of existing monitoring networks for this purpose is evaluated. By cataloguing the existing environmental monitoring networks in the EU, it can be concluded that they can only be used, in the context of GMO cultivation monitoring, as secondary tools to collect baseline information. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014. Source

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