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Austria, Cyprus and Hungary call for further research on GMOs

Image: United Soybean Board [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Countries claim assessment has been, “to a large extent”, based on assumptions rather than data

Three EU member states have called for further research on how using new genomic techniques in agriculture could affect the environment and health, before EU laws are changed to facilitate the use of modern tools such as Crispr Cas-9 in efforts to improve crop yields or nutritional profiles.

Since the EU’s top court ruled in 2018 that such new techniques fall under the scope of the bloc’s decades-old laws regulating older genetic modification techniques, there has been a growing scientific and political consensus that the rules need to be updated.

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