New technologies have the promise to transform agricultural productivity and nutrition. However, many governments lack the risk assessment resources and experience needed to assure decision-makers and the public that environmental and food safety concerns posed by products of these technologies have been adequately addressed. The ILSI Research Foundation is developing risk assessment resources, and providing training to scientists, risk assessors and regulators, to promote science-based risk assessments of products of biotechnology.
Collaborators & Partners
US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), UNEP-GEF, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Indian Council of Agricultural Research and governmental ministries and departments in India, Bangladesh and Indonesia
Areas of Focus
In 2016, the ILSI Research Foundation undertook biosafety-related activities in India, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Paraguay. In 2017, the ILSI Research Foundation is continuing its biosafety capacity building through:
This year’s ILSI Research Foundation Annual Scientific Symposium will explore Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments.
The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.
The OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, for which the ILSI Research Foundation is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.
The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation to examine the basic principles of environmental risk assessment and the application of this process to the use of gene drives for either population modification or population suppression in mosquito vectors of malaria. NEPAD requested that the ILSI Research Foundation assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.
Andrew Newhouse of the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project (SUNY-ESF) visited the ILSI Research Foundation to present a seminar on using genetic engineering to allow coexistence of transgenic American chestnut trees with the blight that nearly drove the species extinct.
Surrogate species have a long history of use in research and regulatory settings to understand the potentially harmful effects of toxic substances including pesticides.
RNA interference, or RNAi, refers to a set of biological processes that make use of conserved cellular machinery to silence genes.
This article is the Spanish translation of “Proposed Criteria for Identifying GE Crop Plants That Pose a Low or Negligible Risk to the Environment Under Conditions of Low-Level Presence in Seed,” which appeared in Transgenic Research.
View the summary document of the Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation.
The low-level presence (LLP) of genetically engineered (GE) seeds that have been approved in the country of origin but not the country of import presents challenges for regulators in both seed importing and exporting countries, as well as for the international seed trade and the farmers who rely on it.