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Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms, Volume 1

A Case Study of Bt Maize in Kenya



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Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms, Volume 1
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Many international forums have identified the need for comprehensive, transparent, scientific methods for the pre-release testing and post-release monitoring of transgenic plants to ensure their environmental safety and sustainable use. There is also wide recognition that the regulatory and scientific capacity for conducting assessments needs to be strengthened worldwide. In response to these requirements, a GMO Guidelines Project was established under the aegis of the International Organization for Biological Control, to develop biosafety testing guidelines for transgenic plants. This book is one output of this project, and focuses on transgenic maize in Kenya. Such maize includes genes transferred from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which code for proteins which are toxic to some insects. The book addresses both environmental and agricultural impacts, but does not evaluate human health impacts or ethical implications. It draws out some general risk assessment guidelines, but demonstrates the need for case-by-case analysis.
Release date NZ
January 10th, 2004
Edited by Angelika Hilbeck Edited by David A. Andow
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
CABI Publishing
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