Innogen · News · March 4, 2015

New House of Commons Report on GM Crops

Joyce Tait contributes to new Science & Technology Committee report, Advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution.

In the report, the Science & Technology Committee calls for a trait-based system for regulating new crop breeding technologies.

Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the Committee said:

“Opposition to genetically modified crops in many European countries is based on values and politics, not science. The scientific evidence is clear that crops developed using genetic modification pose no more risk to humans, animals or the environment than equivalent crops developed using more ‘conventional’ techniques.

“Unfortunately, the way the EU’s regulatory system works means that countries opposed to genetically modified crops can block their growth in other countries. This has driven research activity out of the EU and put at risk the UK’s ability to be a global player in advancing agricultural technology.

“Regulatory reform is no longer merely an option, it is a necessity. To meet the huge challenge of feeding a burgeoning global population, using fewer resources, as our climate becomes increasingly unstable, we will need to use all of the tools at our disposal, be they social, political, economic or technological.”

Joyce previously participated in the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on GM Crops and the Precautionary Principle, which contributed to this report.

Full Report: Advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution