Food purists may have cause to celebrate thanks to a recent international study. The study, which evaluated the spread of genetically modified (GM) organisms to non-modified crops, has implications from farm to family.
“Trying to figure out how far GM pollen will travel is really difficult,” says study co-author Rebecca Tyson, associate professor of mathematics at UBC Okanagan.
“It is important to have accurate tools to estimate this, so that unintentional cross-pollination of GM material to non-GM crops can be minimized.”
Tyson’s research offers a new analytical tool which can provide a much improved estimate of how far pollen will travel.
“We believe that our model provides a more accurate assessment of GM pollen cross-pollination than previous models,” adds Tyson. “We are hopeful these findings will simplify the decision-making process for crop-growers and policy makers.”
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University of British Columbia Okanagan campus
Original written by Christine Zeindler