Video: EU Parliament member calls for ‘pragmatic’ debate about crop gene editing in Europe

| | January 15, 2019

Dutch MEP Jan Huitema spoke before the Agriculture Committee of the EU Parliament on January 7. He called for a more pragmatic debate on new breeding techniques, noting the potential sustainability benefits of gene-editing technology. Huitema also argued that if Europe’s biotech crop regulations don’t change, only large multinational corporations will be able to afford the regulatory costs associated with new breeding techniques.

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[Editor’s note: The audio in this video is in English.]

Original video: Speech in the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament on 7 January 2018

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