The Briefing was written by Declan Butler and Tony Reichhardt with additional reporting by Alison Abbott, David Dickson and Asako Saegusa
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The following articles are found in Nature Volume 398, April 22, 1999.
Long-term effect of GM Crops serves up food for thought
Declan Butler and Tony Reichhardt
The media has inflamed public fears about the risks of genetically modified crops for human health and biodiversity. But many responsible scientists agree on the need for more research to identify potential long-term problems.
GM foods debate needs a recipe for restoring trust
The soundest possible science must underlie any effort to regulate genetically modified foods. But regulations must also acknowledge uncertainty -- and incorporate trust in the judgment of the consumer.
Basic research holds key to weighing risks
Assessing the threat to biodiversity on the farm
A pragmatist comes to the defence of the British countryside
Japan defends its drive for self-sufficiency
Industry critic warns that damages claims 'could run into millions
Europe and US in confrontation over GM food labelling criteria
[LONDON] The United States and the European Union are poised for renewed confrontation over the basis for the labelling of genetically-modified (GM) foods.
US sets up 'round-table' talks with scientists
[WASHINGTON] The US State Department has asked scientists to organize a round-table on GM foods as the first of a series of discussions to strengthen its officials' grasp of key technical issues.
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