Czech scientists are joining the call of European colleagues to allow the EU to enable modern methods of plant genome treatment.
A year ago, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that plants obtained by methods of precision breeding (so-called CRISPR) are genetically modified organisms. However, this means that even crops with the smallest genome modifications that can occur spontaneously in nature are subject to restrictive European regulations prohibiting such modifications.
European experts disagree with this, highlighting the negative impact of this ban on society and the economy. The European Parliament and the European Commission are now asking for a legislative change by an open declaration