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Some in Germany’s Green Party reconsidering long-held opposition to GMOs and genetic engineering

| | April 18, 2018
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Genetic engineering is the devil’s tool of the agricultural industry, dangerous to health and the environment. Or so you could summarize the view of the Greens on genetic engineering. The party has always been against it. Still, in the election program for the 2017 general election, they wrote that there is no proof of the safety of genetically modified plants. Well, a good six months later, the party is suddenly no longer so sure about their fundamental rejection.

Editor’s note: This article has been translated from German and lightly edited

“Biotechnology, nanotechnology and genetic engineering can eradicate or cure diseases, they can extend life – theoretically make even death superfluous,” writes the Federal Board party leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck in a paper…. One should ask again, “whether certain new technologies could help to guarantee the supply of food even where climate change causes less and less rain or for saline soil.”

In the first ten days after publication of the paper, however, it became clear that the Green GMO is still resistant to embracing biotechnology. There is massive resistance in the party. Among other things, well-known anti-GM Bundestag member Harald Ebner argued loudly against a more open approach.

Read full, original post: How the Greens could annoy Monsanto (Google translate version)

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