Food Safety Advocates Cheer Launch of Landmark GMO Safety Study

Food safety advocates are welcoming the launch of what is being touted as the biggest ever global study on the safety of genetically modified food and its associated herbicide.

The 2- to 3-year, international “Factor GMO” study was formally announced Tuesday and is set to begin in 2015.

It aims to provide governments and regulators with the data needed to be able to say whether herbicide-tolerant genetically modified (GMO) corn and “realistic levels” of the herbicide Roundup and its main ingredient, glyphosate, for which the GMO corn is engineered to withstand, are safe.

Study organizers describe it as landmark, as it will have “full multi-generational, toxicology and carcinogenicity arms.”