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European Seeds Association: Foods made with new breeding techniques shouldn’t be labeled

Labelling products that result from the so-called new plant breeding techniques would provide little new information and would therefore make no sense for consumers, Garlich von Essen, secretary-general of the European Seeds Association (ESA), told EURACTIV.com.

New plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) focus on developing new seed traits within a given species through genetic engineering. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is expected soon to decide on whether these techniques would fall under the GM legislation or not.

“Product labelling makes sense only where it gives additional information on the quality or specific characteristics of products. But where products resulting from the latest breeding methods are the same as products resulting from conventional breeding, i.e. are identical as regards their qualities and specific characteristics, such a label would not provide any substantial additional information,” von Essen said.

The biotech industry says no foreign DNA is present in the genes of seeds obtained through NPBT and thus they should not be considered GMOs. On the other hand, environmental NGOs call these techniques “hidden GMOs” and say they should be labelled as such.

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3 thoughts on “European Seeds Association: Foods made with new breeding techniques shouldn’t be labeled”

  1. I really hope that scientists in the EU will be able to use CRISPR, and make crops better for the farmers and consumers. If they get demonized with the label, they will lose that chance.

    It would be a shame for them to get left behind again. And once China comes on board with their tech, the EU will be crushed in the international trade.

    • It’s already a 10 year delay. So sad. Also it is technically impossible to regulate since other countries will not label. Their varieties will enter global market and will be used as in EU as parents. Requiring labels will eventually cause major public distrust in food security.

    • I hate to sound nationalistic here, but the EU getting paranoid about the boogie man is a good thing for American farmers. As long as that continent is hesitant to adopt the best practices to get the best yields, American farmers have an advantage in the global marketplace.

      While worldwide food security would be a good thing for the hungry everywhere, it will be a not-so good thing for American farmers.

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