Assess the impacts!

In this project, we are looking at the systemic effects of the use of genetic engineering on agriculture, breeding, humans, the environment and nature.

In doing so, we take into account both previous experience with the cultivation of transgenic plants (‘old’ genetic engineering) and the high expectations of the use of new genetic engineering.

We present short case studies that are gradually expanded. These include, for example, pesticide use, animal welfare, systemic effects on the environment, patents and alternatives to genetic engineering.

We also publish background material and reports:

Testbiotech warns:

The use of (new) genetic engineering in agriculture is not sustainable
if its use can lead to:

  • ecosystems are overloaded by mass releases of non-adapted organisms
  • Risks creep unnoticed into food and animal feed
  • Breeding is blocked by patents
  • the interests of consumers are disregarded

Against this background, a comprehensive technology assessment should be carried out in order to distinguish empty promises from realistic expectations and to be able to recognize negative effects on breeding, agriculture and food production in good time.

If new genetic engineering is not sufficiently regulated, the mass release of modified organisms can lead to further destabilization of ecosystems and endanger our livelihoods. For this reason, the introduction of genetically modified organisms into the environment should be limited as far as possible. As is usually the case in sensitive areas of nature conservation, we should avoid interfering with the environment as much as possible.

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