Article by IFOAM Organics Europe
Worldwide, from Canada to Japan, the regulatory frameworks on genetic engineering have been either weakened or fully suspended over the past decades. Especially the new generation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have introduced worrying trends. Grouped under the term of “genetic editing” or “new genomic techniques” (NGTs), large corporations are increasingly developing and using novel organisms created using techniques like TALENs, Zinc Finger Nuclease or CRISPR/Cas9. The new GMOs derived from NGTs are claimed to be precise and safe. However, NGTs are powerful and interfere with the genetic mark-up of the planet’s biodiversity. They are not as precise as claimed, they trigger unwanted effects and their consequences remain poorly understood.
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