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Crop Biotech Update

GM Crops and their Importance for Swiss Agriculture

November 13, 2013
A fact sheet on the importance of GM crops in Swiss agriculture was published by Swiss Academy of Sciences. According to the report, Swiss agriculture is in need of increasing its production while maintaining the same quality and reducing environmental impact. New techniques used in agriculture such as genetic modification can help achieve these objectives. However, the use of GM crops in research and food production is currently impeded by legal constraints. The report suggested the following possible courses of action to improve Swiss agriculture:
  • further strengthening of public plant research
  • basing the approval procedure of GM plants on the product
  • enabling and scientifically supporting coexistence.
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