24 January 2013
Programme synthesis now available as a downloadable PDF
A downloadable PDF of the programme synthesis in german can now be ordered from the vdf Verlag. This document combines numerous photographs, diagrams as well as an attractive layout and provides an overview of the benefits and risks of genetically modified plants in Switzerland. A scientific summary of the facts as well as texts written by researchers and experts in the areas of agriculture and politics offer a basis for personal opinion formation.
Link to the PDF
11 September 2012
NRP 59 programme synthesis available online
The entire NRP 59 programme synthesis is now available online (choose language: deu). The content of the approximately 300-page book has been adapted for easy reading on an iPad, with direct access to the various chapters. Presently, the publication is available only in German. A French version will be released within the next few weeks.
Link to the results
28 August 2012
The NRP 59 final report has been published: Green gene technology in Switzerland: risks are low, potential not fully exploited
The National Research Programme “Benefits and Risks of the Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Plants” (NRP 59) has not identified any health or environmental risks related to green gene technology. Under the present conditions in Swiss agriculture, the economic benefits are modest. In the future, these could however improve once plants carrying combined traits, such as herbicide and disease resistance, are used.
Press release (German) (65.9 KB)
Summary of the programme synthesis and an acknowledgement by the Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) (German)
28 August 2012
Three literature reviews published
The NRP 59 has compiled on an international scale existing research and knowledge on topics that are of direct relevance to the central themes of the programme.
Three volumes that review over all about 2000 original studies were published:
• “Medical issues related to genetically modified plants of relevance to Switzerland”
• “Genetically modified crop production: social sciences, agricultural economics, and costs and benefits of coexistence”
• “Synthesis and overview studies to evaluate existing research and knowledge on biological issues on GM plants of relevance to Swiss environments”
The volumes are available as print editions or free downloads.
Link to the volumes