Scientists see great opportunities for solving food poverty by leveraging genetic engineering. Current case law, however, hinders research in Europe. The German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Union of the Academies of Sciences and Humanities, an association of the eight larger German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and the German Research Foundation (DFG) have issued joint recommendations calling for an amendment of European genetic engineering law.
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The general legal classification as “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) is considered unacceptable. This primarily procedural regulatory approach is difficult to rationally justify. It doesn’t take into account the type of genetic modification presence in the genome-edited organism.
The scientists have made recommendations on how European genetic engineering law can be amended in the short term and completely redesigned in the long term. Thus, as a short-term measure, the definition of “genetically modified organisms” should be revised so that genome edited plants are not considered GMOs if they do not contain foreign genetic information.
According to the organizations, this would then be analogous to plants modified with conventional breeding methods. Similarly, it should not be a genetically modified organism if there is a combination of genetic information that could also arise naturally or with conventional breeding methods.
In the long term, however, only a completely new legal framework would be consistent, the opinion states. In assessing risks to humans and the environment, this should not be based on the methods by which new varieties are produced, but on their novel characteristics.
In their recommendations, the Academies of Science and the DFG also advocate facilitating outdoor research. This is very important for research, for example in order to better understand the genetic basis of important properties such as salt, drought and heat tolerance. The opinion points out that further initiatives need to be taken to inform consumers about different breeding techniques and their products. On this basis and supported by a uniform product labeling system, people should be able to make informed purchasing decisions.
Contribution to sustainable agriculture
The Academies of Science and the DFG pointed out that genome edited plant varieties can contribute to solving resource problems and to sustainable agriculture. The European Court of Justice ruled in July 2018 that all organisms modified by genomic editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas are covered by the GMO legislation. According to scientists, this makes it difficult to research, develop and grow the improved crops that are urgently needed for productive, climate-adapted and more sustainable agriculture.
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