RIguardo al dibattito che si sta sviluppando a livello europeo sulle nuove tecniche di miglioramento genetico (New Plant Breeding Techniques - NBPTs) emerge netta la posizione del mondo del biologico e dell’associazionismo.

 Queste nuove tecniche devono seguire lo stesso iter normativo degli organismi geneticamente manipolati

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March 2016

 New techniques of genetic engineering


Why EU GMO law must be fully applied to the so-called ‘New Plant Breeding Techniques’
The European Commission is considering whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have been produced through a range of new techniques should be excluded from the European Union’s GMO regulations. Biotechnology companies want to apply these techniques to engineer plants and animals for use in industrial food, biomass and biofuel production. They argue that these new methods to directly modify the genetic make-up of living organisms fall outside the scope of EU GMO regulations.
This would mean that there is no risk assessment, labelling and monitoring of GM organisms produced by the new techniques and their derived products. The Commission has announced that it will present a legal analysis on the matter by the end of March 2016.
The new GMOs present a real risk to the environment and human health. Legal analysis shows that
they are covered by EU GMO law. If they were to escape EU regulations, any potential negative
effects on food, feed or environmental safety would go unchecked. European consumers, farmers
and breeders would have no way to avoid GMOs.
The Commission should leave no doubt that all products of genetic engineering are subject to EU
GMO law which requires rigorous risk assessment, detectability and labelling.


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