A bill on the reducing red tape relating to the development and use of genetic technologies was presented to the British Parliament on May 25, 2022. This initiative aims to stimulate the economic growth of the country and to attract new investments in agri-food research and innovation. Indeed, some EU rules in gene editing do unnecessarily obstacle to research about these new technologies that can help strengthen food security.
This bill will therefore make it possible to remove these obstacles to the development of more resistant and more nutritious crops. As the UK is not part of the EU, it is free to put in place a range of legislation on the development and marketing of precision-bred plants and animals.
It should be noted that these precision technologies have several advantages, but above all they allow to improve nutrition while preserving the planet.
Genetic selection techniques will improve agriculture and animal husbandry
The genetically improved animals and plants resulting from these precision selections will allow farmers and breeders to get a higher yield. Indeed, these plant and animal varieties often present certain highly sought-after features, but that cannot be obtained by natural selection alone.
For example, the modified plants only require few pesticides and fertilizers while producing much more. The generalization of this type of culture would sustainably optimize the food system, not to mention the fact that these resistant plants will better cope with climate change.
This new genetic technology will be further perfected in the future
Developing new methods of genetic selection will allow to go even further in improving food quality. They can thus contribute to reduce our dependence insecticides and antibiotics. Through precision breeding, researchers will be able to develop healthier foodfree of any allergenic or harmful substance.
Furthermore, scientists are convinced that this genetic selection technology applied to agriculture will be able to tackling the challenge of water scarcity coming. It will then be possible to cultivate plants stronger and more resilient to drought. Already, each year 20 and 40% of world production is lost due to of the pests and diseases.
SOURCE: MIRA NEWS