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Swiss Academies: Strict Regulations Not Necessary for NBTs

August 24, 2016

The Swiss Academies of Sciences released a new fact sheet on New Breeding Technologies for Swiss Agriculture - Significant Potential, Uncertain Future. According to the Swiss Academies, there is no reason for a strict regulation of plants bred through new plant breeding techniques. This conclusion is similar to the statements of other scientific academies.

According to the fact sheet, the modifications done through NBTs can also occur naturally and no foreign genetic material remains in the plant. Thus, NBTs offer more environmentally friendly, economically viable, and more sustainable to Swiss agriculture. It is expected that more products of NBTs will be released in the coming years.

Download the fact sheet from Swiss Academies. The document is also available in German and French.