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Regulatory Barriers Delay Adoption of Gene Editing Technologies

May 15, 2024

Gene editing is an emerging modern biotechnology technique that significantly influences farming systems, resulting in high-yielding farm inputs. However, regulatory burdens create barriers to the development and adoption of such technologies. In a paper written by Graham Brookes and Stuart J. Smyth, a risk-appropriate and evidence-based regulatory environment is examined for facilitating the adoption of gene editing technology.

Regulation of the technology plays a crucial role in ensuring consumer confidence. However, the paper suggests that gene editing technology will not achieve its full potential if the regulation fails to recognize and use science-based evidence. According to the authors, regulatory barriers result in reduced innovation investments and fewer commercialized products and technologies, limiting the farmers from taking advantage of its benefits.

The paper calls for the need to establish a regulatory system where risks are evaluated based on well-defined scientific standards and evidence. The paper concludes that deviating from empirically based regulations will delay the adoption of such technologies that are significant to preserving biodiversity and achieving improved agricultural sustainable development.

For more information, read the full article from GM Crops & Food.

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