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Rules on modified organisms to be revised, according to the study of the European Commission

Overcoming confusion with GMOs are used to implement the Farm to Fork strategy

De Castro: "Finally a clear and clear position on the distinction between new biotechnologies and GMOs, which will help to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal".

Ahead of implementing the Farm to Fork strategy to reduce environmental impacts in agriculture, Europe says new breeding techniques could reduce the use of pesticides. This is the conclusion of a study just published by the Commission (, which shows that Directive 2001/18 / EC needs to be updated on the basis of progress scientific. In particular, the legislation is inadequate for NGT, that is organisms derived from the application of new genomic techniques, which have been hastily identified with GMO organisms.

"Finally a clear and clear position on the distinction between new biotechnologies and GMOs, which will help to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy in the interest of all". This is the comment by Paolo De Castro, S&D coordinator in the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, on the news released by the EU Commission that it intends to launch a consultation process aimed at a new legal framework for agricultural biotechnologies.

"The study published by the EU Executive - explains De Castro - as highlighted by the competent Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, indicates that the new genomic techniques, so-called Tea (Assisted Evolution Techniques), have nothing to do with with traditional genetically modified organisms, and indeed they can contribute in a safe and effective way to an increasingly sustainable agricultural production, in line with the Pact with consumers launched by the European Union between now and the next few years".

"The basis of this study - continues the PD MEP - is the scientific evidence of the progress made by research in the last twenty years in the field of biotechnologies, effectively overcoming the legislation on GMOs dating back to 2001. The new biotechnologies sustainable, unlike traditional GMOs that provide for the transfer of genes (transgenesis) between different species, are in fact based on the combination of intra-species genes, with the aim of speeding up processes that would occur naturally, reaching the development of varieties not only safe from the point of view of environmental protection and biodiversity, but above all more resistant to diseases and adverse climatic conditions, such as lack of water, and capable of guaranteeing greater production yields and therefore lower economic costs".

"The results of the study released by the Commission - concludes De Castro - will soon be submitted to the attention of the co-legislators of the Union - Council and Parliament - with the hope of soon overcoming the old legislation on the subject, and of a ruling of the EU Court of Justice of 2018 which did not clarify the difference between traditional Tea and GMOs on a regulatory level: a fundamental step forward to provide our producers with those alternatives to chemicals that we have always claimed are necessary to achieve the ambitious goals of the new Green Deal European".

See the Study on the status of new genomic techniques under Union law and in light of the Court of Justice ruling in Case C-528/16

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