Leopoldina and DFG want new genetic engineering legislation

05/12/2019

The Academies of Sciences and the German Research Foundation (DFG) yesterday published a recommendation on the decision on genetically modified organisms taken by the European Court of Justice in July 2018.

The recommendation states that the decision "impedes studying, developing and cultivating improved crops which are urgently needed for productive, climate-adapted and more sustainable agriculture". The classification as "genetically modified organisms" does not take into account what type of genetic modification is present, according to the Leopoldina and DFG statements.

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
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