Environmental Impact and Protection

Soya has been grown in this country for 15 years with no adverse impact on the environment. Soya is neither weedy nor invasive. The GM soya is not going to change this pattern. GM soya is no more likely to escape into the environment than conventional soya varieties. Any selective advantage conferred on GM soya by the Gox gene is only effective when the Roundup Ready herbicide is used. Thus, the selective advantage is confined to agricultural areas and can be quickly reversed by other herbicides and mechanical treatment. Roundup Ready soya has been shown to be safe for consumption and to have significant environmental benefits including a decrease in soil erosion, input costs, and herbicide usage.

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