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The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council (NRC) is conducting a two-year study of genetically engineered crops.

The NRC will look at the development and introduction of GE crops in the U.S. and globally.

Through a broad study of available information, the committee will "review the scientific foundation of current environmental and food safety assessments for GE crops and foods."

They will assess the purported negative effects of the crops including the impact on farmers in developing countries and the evolution of so-called "super weeds". The study will also look at the purported positive effects including reduced pesticide use and soil conservation through reduced tillage

As part of the process, the NRC will conduct a public meeting in Washington D.C. in September to gather input from supporters and opponents of genetically engineered crops.

The study started last March; a report will be formulated and delivered to policymakers by the spring of 2016 "in the context of the world's current and projected food and agricultural system." Derivatives of the report will also be made public.

The study is sponsored by the New Venture Fund, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Academy of Sciences.

About National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.

National Research Council

The National Research Council, created under the NAS charter in 1916 by executive order of President Woodrow Wilson, extended the scope of the NAS in its advisory role.

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