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What Lies Ahead for Gene-edited Crops?

By Kristine Grace N. Tome
March 22, 2023

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) consistently calls for transformation in the agri-food system to address the world’s most significant challenges—climate change, food security, pests and diseases, and demographic shifts. In 2022, FAO released an Issue Paper pointing to gene editing technologies as a promising tool for transforming agri-food systems. The efficiency and precision of such tools were acknowledged to be better than the conventional breeding methods and could pave the way for speedy and precise solutions in plant and animal improvement. However, the pathways to commercialisation, policy discourse, and the regulatory landscape for New Breeding Technologies (NBTs) are not keeping up in many countries. The benefits of NBT products will not be harnessed in the absence of science-based policies and harmonised regulations worldwide. 

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