DFG and Leopoldina Support European Commission Proposal on Regulation of Plants Obtained by New Genomic Techniques; Research Organizations See Draft As Facilitating Plant Research and Offering Significant Potential for More Sustainable Agriculture in Europe

In a joint statement issued July 24, 2023, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina welcome the proposal of the European Commission for a new regulatory framework for new genomic techniques in plant breeding and agriculture, which was published on July 5, 2023. The organizations believe the proposed amendment will facilitate plant research and help realize the significant potential of new breeding techniques to make agriculture in Europe more sustainable. “The Commission has presented a carefully balanced proposal that takes into account the recommendations and interests of science and research. Importantly, the new regulation will facilitate access to field trials on plants developed with these new technologies, thereby paving the way to more diverse crops with a smaller ecological footprint,” said DFG President Professor Dr. Katja Becker. Leopoldina President Professor Dr. Gerald Haug (ETHZ) said: “We welcome the EU Commission’s science-based proposal. The way we farm will help determine the success of our efforts to address the climate and biodiversity crises. New breeding techniques can play an important role in the transformation of agriculture.”

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