scoop.co.nz 14 Mar, 2021 06:30 am

March 17th: 'D-Day' For Deregulation Of Genetic Engineering

March 17th: 'D-Day' For Deregulation Of Genetic Engineering
Consultation on global proposals to deregulate Gene Editing will end on March 17th, with the public and food producers largely in the dark about the major implications. The coincidence in date for proposals in Australia and the UK is a 'D-Day' for food ...

Consultation on global proposals to deregulate Gene Editing will end on March 17th, with the public and food producers largely in the dark about the major implications.[1] [2] "'D-Day' will mean Disaster Day, if products from Gene Editing are not regulated for safety for people and the environment and registered in a global database," said Jon Carapiet, spokesman for GE-Free NZ.Currently plants and animals produced with Gene Editing are regulated like other GMOs.[3] In the UK the proposals to exempt Gene Editing from regulation follows a similar agenda.

It presents questions to the public that are framed by unsubstantiated belief that gene editing is equivalent to traditional breeding in the products it creates.Industry players pushing for deregulation of Gene Editing risk undermining the integrity of the food system and losing public trust.

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