However, anecdotal evidence suggests there may be possible impact of GMOs on the environment, hence the introduction of GMOs into the environment must be preceded by risk assessment, risk management and monitoring.
Gene flow, effects on target and non-target organisms and soil organism biodiversity are among the parameters used for the risk assessment. This usually involves confined field trials of GM crops which are made mandatory to evaluate the potential for harm to the ecosystem. The risk assessment is done on a case-by-case basis to understand the nature and degree of risk posed by the GM crop trait under study.
Ademola A Adenle; Understanding Environmental Risk Assessment of GMOs in Africa-The Importance of Regulation and Monitoring
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