Public consultation this autumn on regulation of gene editing

in vitro gene editing

Following the Committee Stage debate of the Agriculture Bill in the House of Lords, Defra minister Lord Gardiner announced that the government will launch a public consultation this autumn on the question raised in amendment 275 on gene editing techniques.

The consultation, which will look at post-Brexit regulation of precision breeding techniques, has been welcomed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Science and Technology in Agriculture.

NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw said:

“This is a very positive step. Having robust fit-for-purpose regulation on new breeding techniques is an opportunity to position British farming as a world leader and to showcase sustainable, climate-friendly farming.”

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