Reasons to partecipate

There are good reasons to participate in this forum for researchers, policy makers, seed companies and environmentalist groups, who want to contribute to the definition and implementation of agreed research protocols suitable for assessing simultaneosly the long-term impact of the cultivation of transgenic maize (Bt) and (Hr) on several test organisms.This is possible thanks to an innovative permanent agricultural research station that we have created according to EU directive 412/2015 (see chapter 34).

In carrying out our research activities during 2021, we intend to give absolute priority to bioassays aimed et determining the impact of maize pollen (Bt) on the larvae of non-target Lepidoptera Inachis io, Aglaise urticae and Papilio machaon, under real and close real field conditions.

Furthermore, we believe that time has come to end the long- lasting “scandalous” controversy that opposes EFSA’S GMO panel to Hofmann et al., Lang et al. and Holst et al., with regard to the isolation distance that must be interposed between transgenic maize hybrids (Bt) and (Hr) plantations and places where the larvae of non-target Lepidoptera may thrive: for the GMO panel an isolation distance of 20-30 meters is sufficient, while Hofmann et al. argue that the isolation distance must be kilometric, in order to protect adequately the larvae of non-target Lepidoptera.

We have developed and tested adequate tools for settling rapidly this controversy (See chapters 8-9).

This persistent controversy is disorienting European legislators and national Governments, preventing a rational regulation of the cultivation of transgenic maize (Bt) and (Hr). This is evident from the attitude expressed by the majority of the members of the European Parliament who oppose the cultivation of these crops, because they believe it is harmful to butterflies. This is exaclty what anti-biotech activists claim.

Consequently, it is evident, in our view, that anti-GMO activists have replaced EFSA's GMO panel as scientific advisors to European institutions and national governments with regard to the safety of the cultivation of transgenic maize hybrids (Bt). This situation can not be tollerated in a civil society and we believe time has come to set the record straight with regard to the safety of the cultivation of maize hybrids (Bt) and (Hr).

Those who wish to participate in the definition of agreed experimental protocols necessary to determine in an irrefutable way the long-term environmental impact of the cultivation of transgenic maize (Bt) and (Hr) are invited to read the guidelines for participants.

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