Biotechnology: Europe’s next ‘hot potato’

Research of GMO wheat in the laboratory. [Shutterstock]

The discussion over the future of biotechnology in Europe heated up after the EU Court ruled in July last year that gene editing should, in principle, fall under the GMO Directive.

Several stakeholders and policymakers emphasise that Europe needs to adjust to rapidly changing biotechnology as a way to tackle alarming climate change and simultaneously feed a rising population and help boost farmers’ income.

On the other hand, environmentalists warn about the negative implications of biotechnology.

In this special report, EURACTIV will focus on the future of biotechnology in Europe, the regulatory framework of the so-called new plant breeding techniques as well as GMOs.

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