August 23, 2004 -- CropChoice news -- IPS, 08/18/04: The
French food security agency AFSSA highlighted the benefits
of transgenic crops in a study it did, but the report
was met with skepticism by many scientists. Even AFSSA
officials admit their findings are inconclusive, according
to an International Press Service article.
The report said genetically modified crops can reduce
the need for herbicides and pesticides but chose their
words carefully when talking about the downsides.
"It is very difficult to state whether the positive
effects would be guaranteed or widespread," said
the report, which was published in July.
Biochemist Maxime Schwartz, director of the AFSSA research
team, said in the article it is difficult to know if
GM crops will benefit humans in the long-term.
"In general, GM crops pose potential benefits
in theory, but it has not been definitively proven,"
he said. "For this reason, it is essential to continue