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Great Britain: Cultivation of GM crops is approaching

According to the Department of Agriculture (DEFRA), its goal is to remove “unnecessary barriers” to researching new genetic editing technologies, “focusing on legal interpretation rather than science, thus preventing the United Kingdom from leading the world’s agricultural research institutions.”

In addition, according to the Department of Agriculture, the British government is now using the potential liberties of leaving the EU. This law will enable the growth and marketing of precisely grown plants.

The Ministry hopes that this will boost economic growth and lead to nationwide investments in agriculture and food research. DEFRA pointed to “many benefits” from precise reproduction technologies such as genetic editing. He said the GM scissors will help UK scientists grow plants and animals with beneficial properties that traditional breeding and natural processes can produce for farmers and growers, but in a more efficient and precise way.

For example, crops can be produced using less pesticides and fertilizers, which improves the stability, resilience and productivity of the UK diet. This reduces the cost to farmers and the impact on the environment.

Livestock is left

Agriculture Minister George Eustace stressed that “outside the EU we are free to pursue science.” This precise technology accelerates the reproduction of naturally resistant plants and makes better use of nutrients in the soil, resulting in higher yields with fewer pesticides and fertilizers.

Gideon Henderson, DEFRA’s Chief Scientific Adviser, also sees “significant” environmental, health and food safety benefits from the use of modern genetic engineering. At the same time, he pointed out that the country is home to some of the world’s leading research institutes in the field. The proposed law would allow scientists to use their expertise to make agriculture more flexible and food healthier and more sustainable.

This differs from genetic engineering, where the genes of one species are introduced into another species. Henderson explained that the government was first changing the law on plants. No change will be made in the regulation of animal husbandry under the GMO regime until a system is established to ensure the welfare of the animals.

David Xwood, vice-president of the English Farmers Association (NFU), said the law would help better address the challenges of continuing to feed a growing population and tackle the climate crisis.