Developers Skirt Around Detectability of Cisgenic GMOs.

Lack of transparency by the GM food industry has been a driver of market resistance to its products. Research in New Zealand and in the nation’s key export markets has repeatedly shown that consumers want any use of GM in the food chain to be visible so that they can exercise choice.

The ability to detect the presence of GMOs is fundamental to consumer choice, just as it is essential for proper governance of the outdoor use of GMOs. Detectability allows the use of GMOs to be traced through the supply chain and non-GM producers to assure their output meets GM Free purity standards. It also facilitates the regulator’s ability to act on safety concerns.

Yet in New Zealand, a consortium of producer boards are among those pursuing a type of GM that they say will not be detectable.

Read the report: Hide and Seek.