G8 modifies agenda


World leaders have commissioned a global investigation into the safety of genetically modified food. In a joint communiqué issued this week at their summit in Cologne, Germany, leaders of the G8 nations invited the Paris-based OECD—which represents the world’s industrialised nations—to prepare two studies on biotechnology. One will focus on whether genetically modified food is safe to eat; the other will examine how biotechnology is regulated in different countries. However, the investigation does not extend to the environmental safety of modified crops. The OECD will report back at next year’s G8 meeting in Okinawa,
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