In December 2008, the Environment Council invited the European
Commission and the Member States to work on the question of the
assessment of socio-economic implications of deliberate releases
and placing on the market of GMOs. The Commission therefore
launched a consultation of the Member States on the socio-economic
implications of GMO cultivation via a questionnaire.
This report examines the outcome of the consultation. It also looks
at socio-economic dimensions of GMO cultivation in third countries
and summarizes EU-funded research projects to date that have
addressed socio-economic perspectives of GMO cultivation.
The report concludes by identifying next steps to be taken in this