CRISPR crops ‚??aren‚??t GMOs,‚?? France says, challenging EU‚??s strict gene-editing regulations
France sees crops developed using gene-editing techniques as different
to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and opposes a European Union
court decision to put them under strict GMO regulations, the country‚??s
agriculture minister said.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2018 that mutagenesis,
among so-called New Breeding Techniques (NBT) based on targeted editing
of genes, fall under rules applying to GMOs that incorporate DNA from a
The decision was welcomed by some environmentalists who have long
opposed GMOs as a threat to ecosystems, and criticized by seed makers
and scientists as penalizing Europe‚??s agricultural research capacity.
‚??NBTs are not GMOs,‚?Ě Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie said in an
interview published by several farming news outlets, including Agra
Presse on [January 15].
CRISPR crops ‚??aren‚??t GMOs,‚?? France says, challenging EU‚??s strict
gene-editing regulations | Genetic Literacy Project