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 the research."