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Scientists call for new European regulations for GMO

Press release   •   Jul 25, 2019 10:00 UTC

In an open letter Swedish scientists call for an expedited change of EU:s legislation about genetically modified organisms. Foto: David Monniaux

Today, on the anniversary of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision on plant breeding with gene-editing, an open letter was sent to the Swedish European parliamentarians and the Swedish government. It calls for an expedited change of the European legislation for genetically modified organisms. It has been signed by leaders of 14 Swedish universities/research centres, royal science academies or research financiers as representatives of the independent Swedish research community.

“The decision of the European Court of Justice has such far-reaching consequences for research and for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture that the Swedish science community found it necessary to react strongly to try to achieve a change in legislation”, says Stefan Jansson, professor at Umeå University, who coordinated the letter.

Read the open letter

For further information, please contact:

Stefan Jansson, professor, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, and Umeå Plant Science Centre
Phone: +46 70 677 23 31

Umeå University
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