A bill passed by Parliament could pave the way for the growth of genetically modified crops and livestock
British lawmakers could soon ease restrictions on genetically modified foods, with new legislation proposed to allow more to be done. “Gene Edit” They will not form when emphasizing certain crops “Genetically modified organisms” (GMOs), which are subject to heavy regulation.
A new ‘genetic technology’ bill was introduced in Parliament on Wednesday, described by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a way out. “Cut red ribbons and support the development of innovative technologies to grow more resistant, more nutritious, and more productive crops.”
“These precise technologies allow us to accelerate the reproduction of plants that make better use of natural disease resistance and soil nutrients so that we can achieve higher yields with less pesticides and fertilizers.” Environment Secretary George Eustace said in a statement “Outside the EU, we are free to pursue science.”
The European Union currently defines genetically modified foods as a form of GMO and regulates them accordingly, as opposed to the US Department of Agriculture, which distinguishes between the two for regulatory purposes.
The new British bill is more consistent with the American position, as it considers gene-editing to be fundamentally different from genetic mutations, which involve the introduction of DNA from one species to another. Although many gene-edited crops can be produced through more traditional cross-breeding methods, genetic editing can achieve the same results much faster and more accurately.
Some environmentalists have argued that there is no significant difference between the two, but a spokesman for Friends of the Earth argued that “Genetic mutation under a different name.”
“It still focuses on changing the genetic code of plants and animals to address the problems caused by poor soils, overuse of pesticides and intensive farming.” org says.
The government, however, argues that restrictions on the practice could dramatically speed up the production of new and enhanced crops and ultimately improve the country’s food security.
“It simply came to our notice then [the bill] The current regime will enable accurate-national crops to navigate the regulatory system more quickly in something like a year than in about 10 years. Gideon Henderson, the government’s scientific adviser, said.
In its current form, the measure would only apply to England, potentially disputing Scotland and Wales, both of which maintain EU-like rules for the production and sale of GMOs and genetically modified foods. The Scottish Government, for its part, has recently warned that it will resist any attempt by London ministers to impose rule on its territory, although Secretary Eustace has argued that neither Scotland nor Wales can ban the sale of such crops.
Although the law, if passed, would initially reduce restrictions on crops, including livestock provisions, as they could be used to breed more resilient animals to gene-borne diseases and other diseases. The practice has become more controversial for animals for fear that it could cause harm, but the new bill would allow lawmakers to scale red ribbons in the same way if they are satisfied it has adequate protection.
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