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EU genetic modification laws may need changing, Commission finds

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Impact assessment and consultation will now assess options for legislative update

The European Commission has found “strong indications” that the EU’s laws on the genetic modification of plants, which date from 2001, are “not fit for purpose” for regulating the products of modern gene-editing technologies, which can make crops that are more nutritious, resistant to diseases and resilient to climate change.

Publishing the findings of a study it carried out at the request of EU member state governments, the Commission said on 29 April that it will now conduct an impact assessment to explore policy options, which will include a “wide and open” consultation on a new legal framework.

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