Comments on: Industry calls on the Commission to ‘show leadership’ in plant breeding innovation EU news and policy debates across languages Wed, 29 Aug 2018 01:16:36 +0000 hourly 1 By: euperspectives Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:50:44 +0000 A couple of points: firstly it could well be that DG Innovation is behind greater clarity on this issue but I think many other departments including DG Agriculture and DG Environment have some concerns. Most importantly a number of member states remain reluctant to give the green light for novel seeds and will want to carefully consider what overall impact approving such seeds will have on their environments. Approving new breeding techniques is not just a matter a “safety”. Consideration must also be given to the wider impact of innovation on food and agriculture to local communities, bio-diversity, pesticide use etc. When the EU glances across the pond to the US on the impact of mass GMO agriculture the picture does not look promising. (The creation of monopolies, mono-crops at the expense of diversity, the development of dead soils, loss of agricultural jobs etc.) Finally, when the bio-tech industry suggest that they are simply doing what would happen “in nature” this requires careful consideration. I suspect like any sensible innovative industry they will be seeking to patent their innovations and to do so they must prove novelty . To suggest that something “novel” as defined by patent law is traditional and natural is an oxymoron.