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Belgian scientist dismisses Greenpeace worries about RR soybeans

(Aug. 16, 2001 – CropChoice news) – Marc De Loose of the Center for Agricultural Research in Belgium dismissed claims of the environmental group Greenpeace that the foreign gene fragments he and his colleagues found in Monsanto’s transgenic Roundup Ready soybeans might make them unsafe.

De Loose told Reuters: "There is no scientific data to support this idea because we checked this sequence in different generations that were on the market and we didn't see any differences. This means that the sequence is stable and all the data concerning safety are still valid in my opinion. There is also no evidence that the sequence causes any expression, so we did not demonstrate that the sequence is expressed...there is no indication that this (soy) might cause any allergy."