Sustainability of current GM crop cultivation : Review of people, planet, profit effects of agricultural production of GM crops, based on the cases of soybean, maize, and cotton

A.C. Franke, M.L.H. Breukers, W. Broer, F.H.J. Bunte, O. Dolstra, F.M. d' Engelbronner-Kolff, L.A.P. Lotz, J. Montfort, J. Nikoloyuk, M.M. Rutten, M.J.M. Smulders, C.C.M. van de Wiel, M. Zijl

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Abstract

This report adresses the question whether the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops abroad for import in the Netherlands, as compared to the cultivation of their conventional (non-GM) counterparts, is in line with Dutch policy and societal aims striving after more sustainable forms of agriculture worldwide and the utilization of the benefits offered by biotechnology in a responsible manner. Three crops were selected as case study objects: sybean, maize and cotton. The sustainability of GM and non-GM crop production was compared with each other based on a review of scientific and other literature. This comparison followed characteristics and criteria associated with the sustainability concept of 'people, planet, profit'.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherPlant Research International
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameReport / Plant Research International
PublisherPlant Research International
No.386

Keywords

  • transgenic plants
  • crops
  • sustainability
  • glycine max
  • soyabeans
  • zea mays
  • maize
  • gossypium hirsutum
  • cotton
  • risk assessment
  • arable farming

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