Innovation meets precaution: NGO delay tactics hinder gene-editing revolution in Europe

Genetic Literacy Project published an article titled, “Innovation meets precaution: NGO delay tactics hinder gene-editing revolution in Europe.” The article reads as follows;

“Does today’s fear of potential risks caused by GMO makes us unable to carry out necessary actions for a better life, because we get misdirected ending up as cowards? … In these days, human society faces new social, economic and ethical challenges due to the substantial progress made in modern biotechnology. Increasing technical efficacy and decreasing costs revolutionizes the tools that science-driven economies will apply to change the availability of genomes as major biological resource.

Nevertheless, a substantial group of concerned non-governmental organizations and political parties is currently hampering a rapid progress in the EU.

Past experiences with GMO demonstrated that authorized GMO are safe for both human/animal health and the environment since no technique-specific risk has been identified within the comparative approach.6 Hitting the brakes for a complete ban of genome editing calling upon the precautionary principle is not a realistic option, and we need a concerted action on how modern biotechnologies should be applied in both a cautious and innovative way.

Concerned non-governmental organizations are fully responsible for delaying the application of technologies that can be helpful, and I have hope that there is sufficient conscience for courageous solutions and innovative visions that are not poorly driven by fear.”

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