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Briefing Date:02/21/2002
Topic:Environmental Effects of Transgenic Plants: The Scope and Adequacy of Regulation

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Congressional Briefing
Thursday, February 21, 2002 -- 10:00 a.m.
1116 Longworth House Office Bldg.

on

Environmental Effects of Transgenic Plants:
The Scope and Adequacy of Regulation

Transgenic crops offer the promise of increased agricultural productivity and better quality foods -- they also raise the specter of harmful environmental effects. In this new report from the National Research Council, a panel of experts examines:

-- the similarities and differences between crops developed by conventional and transgenic methods;

-- the potential for commercialized transgenic crops to change both agricultural and nonagricultural landscapes; and

-- how well the U.S. government is regulating transgenic crops to avoid any negative effects.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on February 21, 2002. The full text can be found on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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