The National Research Council is conducting a study to see the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified crops. While the USDA is pushing NRC to complete the study by next year, it will probably be completed in 2016.

The NRC will make a policy recommendation to the USDA and other government agencies about the future of genetically modified crops that depends on the results of the study, Tom McMahon reported for Nebraska's KTIC radio station.

“Consumers in the United States and abroad get conflicting information about GM crops,” the NRC said. “There is a need for an independent, objective study that examines what has been learned about GM crops, assesses whether initial concerns and promises were realized since their introduction, and investigates new concerns and recent claims.”

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