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Genetic engineering is GM decides European Court of Justice

Sustain member GM Freeze welcomes the judgement which states that organisms obtained by mutagenesis are Genetically Modified Organisms and are subject to full GMO regulation.

Oilseed. Photo credit: David Bartus on pexels

Oilseed. Photo credit: David Bartus on pexels

Up until now genetic engineering has been a grey area as it differs from traditional genetic modification. The ruling means that from now on genetic engineering will have to abide by the existing GMO directive.

 

Commenting on the news, GM Freeze director Liz O'Neill said:

“This case was portrayed by industry as an argument about definition but the court has seen sense and made it clear that what actually matters is how we regulate emerging technologies that have the potential to permanently alter the ecosystem.

“The genome is a far more complex system than we used to believe – more like a biological super-computer than the DNA model my 13-year-old son made for his science homework a few weeks ago. The fact that one can create a passable visual representation of DNA from garden twine, pasta, polystyrene packing balls and four different coloured felt-tips doesn’t mean that altering the genome is as straightforward or predictable as moving those polystyrene balls around.

“All genetic engineering techniques give rise to both unexpected changes and unpredictable real-world impacts. We are delighted that this ruling will ensure their use in our fields and our food will be subject to detailed safety checks, monitoring and traceability.”

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26/07/2018
Food and Farming Policy

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