Impact of GM plants
Comparative sustainability assessment of the impact of GM plants in Swiss conventional, integrated and organic farming systems
The potential contribution of genetically modified plants (GM plants) to the sustainability of Swiss agricultural production systems is currently subject to intensive discussions in the public and in the scientific community.
The aim of this project is to analyse to what extent GM plants are able to contribute to Swiss agricultural and environmental policy goals. The project will analyse the impacts of GM plants in the context of conventional, integrated and low-input farming systems. The project will develop scenarios of novel farming systems (conventional, integrated and organic/low input) which include GM plants. The sustainability of traditional (without GM plants) and novel (with GM plants) farming systems will be compared based on ecological and economic parameters. Analyses will be based on expert judgment by four competence teams (farming systems, GM plants, risk assessment and agroecology, economy). The process will be fully transparent and input from external sources will be explicitly welcome.
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|Full title||Comparative sustainability assessment of the impact of GM plants in Swiss conventional, integrated and organic farming systems|
|Applicants||Lucius Tamm, Karin Nowack Heimgartner*|
*new affiliation: Bio Suisse
|Funding||Swiss National Science Foundation|
|Program||National Research Programme NRP 59|
|Duration||January 2008 - December 2010|