Many politically-powerful consumers in the European Union have made it clear to their elected officials, when it comes to foods from genetically-modified crops or livestock, or from the new science of gene-editing, they are a “no”. Ted McKinney, USDA Under-Secretary for Trade said from talking with people in the E.U., “Most of our friends in Europe were very disappointed with the court of justice opinion on gene editing.”
In late July, the E.U. court ruled that gene editing and its products should be treated and regulated the same as genetically-modified products in which new genes are inserted into crops and livestock.
But McKinney says, scientists who know gene-editing say, “It’s not G-M-O…there’s no insertion.”
It merely allows you to turn certain genes on and off, “Which might be one of the finest creations in science the world has known,” McKinney continued.
Which can make some plants and animals resistant to diseases, cutting food costs, and boosting world food production in the process.
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