About: gene editing

Agrifood 21-01-2022

UK positions itself as frontrunner in gene editing research

In the hopes of becoming a frontrunner in biotechnology following Brexit, the UK has announced new legislation cutting what it deems as “unnecessary” red tape to encourage gene-editing research.
Agrifood 06-01-2022

2022: CAP, Farm to Fork and other gifts that keep on giving

After an action packed 2021 full the Common Agricultural Policy reform, there’s still some fun in store for the agrifood sector in 2022, from the adoption of the national strategic plans to the review of the sustainable use of pesticides directive.
Agrifood 03-12-2021

Agrifood Brief, powered by European Snacks Association: Gene-ie in a bottle 

GMOs have been known to rub the German Greens the wrong way. But as the party is entering into a three-way coalition government and pragmatists are gaining ground, its opposition to all things gene-editing is becoming a little less clear-cut.
Agrifood 01-12-2021

Timmermans: Gene editing ‘clear part’ of sustainability action in agrifood

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans added his voice to the growing list of those in the EU executive advocating for gene editing, a move condemned by campaigners who accuse the Commission of already making their mind up on the technology.
Agrifood 12-11-2021

Agrifood Brief: Size matters

Another week, another public consultation. Whether it’s deforestation or the EU’s new animal welfare legislation, there’s plenty of opportunities for everyone to give their two cents on the Commission’s policy plans. This is important given that this feeds into and...
Agrifood 01-10-2021

Agrifood Brief: Disin-gene-uous business?

Between petrol panic, driver shortages, and warnings that Christmas could be in jeopardy, there has been no lack of bad press tied to the UK’s departure from the EU this week.
Agrifood 10-09-2021

Commission, NGOs brace for gene-editing battle

New genomic techniques (NGTs) have received the backing of the European Commission in a strategy paper, while NGOs promise an intense campaign against them over the coming years.
Agrifood 02-09-2021

First gene edited ‘cancer-cutting’ wheat trials get the go ahead in UK

The UK government has granted permission for a series of field trials of gene edited wheat for the first time in Europe, marking a move away from the EU’s stance on the matter.
Agrifood 06-07-2021

Green MEP: EU’s gene editing framework stifles innovation

The EU’s regulatory framework on gene editing is insufficient and risks pushing out research and innovation from the EU, according to a Green MEP, diverging from her party’s strong stance on the matter.
Agrifood 12-05-2021

Not all gene-edited crops should be treated equal, warn MEPs

There is a need to ensure a targeted approach to gene editing because not all genomic techniques confer the sustainability benefits promised in the European Commission's new study, EU lawmakers have warned.
Agrifood 11-05-2021

German Greens: The ‘X’ factor in EU’s debate on new genomic techniques

With the Greens increasingly likely to hold sway in the future German government after the 26 September election, EURACTIV took stock of the party’s position on gene-editing, which could prove to be a turning point for Germany's position and the ongoing debate in the EU.
Agrifood 30-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Gene-editing super league

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   This week: EURACTIV’s agrifood team delves into the publication of the Commission’s controversial new...
Agrifood 29-04-2021

Commission reopens gene editing’s box amid sustainability claims

A new study from the European Commission has concluded that the current legal framework governing new genomic techniques (NGTs) is insufficient and indicated that new policy instruments should be considered to reap the benefits of this technology.
Agrifood 07-04-2021

Report: majority of consumers want compulsory labelling on all genetically modified food

A majority of European consumers want to see compulsory labelling on food products containing genetically modified crops, according to a recent Ipsos report, but industry players insist that this is impossible to implement.
Agrifood 02-04-2021

MEP: Labelling of gene-edited foodstuffs is impossible

Labelling foodstuff as gene-edited products is simply not possible as the genetic improvements brought by the new breeding technologies (NBTs) are not identifiable, according to the Italian MEP Herbert Dorfmann.
Agrifood 01-04-2021

Gene editing requires ‘wide and inclusive’ societal debate, says ethics group

There is a need for a wide societal debate, including ethical reflection, over new gene-editing techniques, according to a new report from an advisory body for the European Commission, which was welcomed by industry players but accused of missing the mark by environmental campaign groups.
Agrifood 20-01-2021

Green Deal makes its mark on EU crop protection sector

Increasing calls on the agri-food system to transition to a more sustainable model have seen the leading EU crop protection association rebrand and expand its mandate to encompass a more holistic approach to plant protection.
Agrifood 15-01-2021

Agrifood Brief: Deal signed, sealed, but goods not delivered

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   This week, EURACTIV’s agrifood team speaks with Paul Kelly, director of Food...
Agrifood 15-01-2021

2021: The year of the CAP

2019 is likely to be the year in which the much awaited reform of the main EU's massive farming subsidies programme, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), will see the light.
Agrifood 08-01-2021

UK launches consultation on gene editing, signals divergence from EU

In one of its first post-Brexit moves, the UK has launched a consultation on gene editing in a bid to unlock “substantial benefits” for the sector and the environment, but the move could put the country at odds with the EU on the matter. 
Agrifood 25-11-2020

Existing guidance appropriate for gene editing assessment, says EFSA

Genome editing does not pose any additional hazards compared to conventional breeding or other genetic modification methods, meaning that existing guidance is adequate for their assessment, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has concluded.
Agrifood 11-09-2020

Agrifood brief: Don’t forget agriculture, Valdis

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   After the shock of Phil Hogan’s sudden resignation as the EU trade...
Agrifood 08-09-2020

First detection test developed for gene-edited crop, campaign groups claim

The first open-source detection method for a gene-edited crop has been developed, according to a scientific paper. Environmental NGOs and campaign groups said this could hypothetically allow the EU to carry out checks to prevent unauthorised imports, but the EU seed sector quickly refuted this claim.
Agrifood 29-07-2020

UK gene editing amendment withdrawn, but government commits to consultation

An amendment tabled in the new UK agriculture bill, designed to allow access to new gene-editing technology, has been withdrawn but the government has pledged to conduct a public consultation on the issue, amid indications that it could eventually be in favour.