Request sent to Federal Politicians to block Gene Editing amendment

GMOs made with gene editing techniques need strict regulation to protect the health and well-being of farmers, consumers, environment and trade. Deregulation could result in crises in each of these areas. Also, these gene editing techniques need to be assessed for safety in a much better way than has happened using previous techniques, with less assumption and more evidence. They need to be labelled for consumers here and overseas, especially if other countries or the EU don’t allow them to be used. Risks will occur with development and use of new GMO applications that can be sprayed on crops, fruit trees or vines, thus accepting risk of spray drift to neighbours with its legal consequences. Here Maarten describes why he is concerned as an agricultural scientist.

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