GM crops and Biodiversity: Q & A

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1. What is biodiversity and what are people concerned about in relation to the widespread cultivation of GM crops?
2. Could GM crops reduce species abundance or levels of genetic diversity within species?
3. Could GM crops replace traditional crop varieties?
4. Could GM crops invade natural environments and outcompete with native species?
5. Could GM crops hybridize with wild relatives making them more weedy or invasive?
6. Could transgenes cause unintended (secondary) effects in natural populations?
7. Could GM crops negatively affect species diversity in “centres of diversity”?
8. Could GM crops negatively impact on non-target species?
9. Could GM crops negatively impact on the non-living components of the release environment, damaging or polluting the air, soil or water?
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11. See also