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NAS report boosts biotech plants

In April, the National Academy of Sciences released an eagerly awaited report on bioengineered plants. It found no evidence “suggesting that foods on the market today are unsafe to eat as a result of genetic modification.” Furthermore, it found no “strict distinction between the health and environment risks” posed by genetically modified plants and those modified by conventional breeding practices.

The panel emphasized, however, that it looked only at plants that had been engineered to make them resistant to certain pests and diseases and not at all genetically modified plants. The panel also called for further scientific work in a number of areas, particularly methods used to identify potential allergens.

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