Genetic editing techniques, the so-called GMO2.0 can lead to unexpected results. This is stated in the report of “For the Earth” and “Friends of the Earth Europe” on the products of genetic editing. They appeared to circumvent the bans imposed on traditional genetically modified products. However, conservationists say they should be regulated in the same way. The unpredictability of the effects on human health and the environment is one of the main arguments for the strict regulation introduced for GMOs. The risk remains the same for GMO2.0 products. Therefore, they should be regulated in the same way, according to the position of environmental associations.
The agrochemical industry presents these new techniques as a sustainable solution, striving to protect its market for industrial goods and seeds. However, there is currently no evidence that the new generation of GMOs will fulfill any of these promises, according to For the Earth.
New gene editing techniques are modifying the DNA of plants, animals and microbes, altering the body’s genetic material in ways that do not occur naturally and are not produced by conventional plant propagation, say experts on Earth.
Natural crops can be developed to adapt to a changing climate, and less intensive forms of agriculture will allow us to feed people in a sustainable way, according to conservationists.