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Impact of GM plants

Comparative sustainability assessment of the impact of GM plants in Swiss conventional, integrated and organic farming systems

Project description

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.

Project summary

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Basic data

Acronym

gm-impact

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

Management

FiBL

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