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  • Europe Strikes At the Root Of Plant Breeding

    The summer of 2018 brought good and bad news for plant breeding science. While a thirteen-year international endeavour to map the wheat genome was concluding, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that crops obtained by gene editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas should be regulated under the EU’s GMO regime. Bread wheat is…

  • Will The Grass Be Greener On The Other Side of 2017? Guide To This Year’s EU Agriculture Policy

    2017 started with the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as policymakers seek to finalise a number of regulations affecting the environmental impact of agriculture. In addition to the big overhaul and greening of the CAP, the EU aims to curtail emissions from agriculture and land-use by concluding the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) and…

  • Europe’s Opportunity in Digital Agriculture

    Farming may sometimes seem the most traditional of activities, but it has never stopped innovating. Every generation has brought technological and organisational advancements, from when stone-age man first used primitive tools to the use of disease-resistant crop varieties. Now, digital farming is ushering in the latest revolution in humanity’s agricultural practices. Will Europe benefit as…

  • Risk in EU Legislation: The Snake Inside or Outside the Box

    Although risk and hazard are sometimes used interchangeably, they are fundamentally different: anything that can cause harm represents a hazard, whereas risk describes the chance of harm being done – in terms of both the likelihood of harm, and the extent of that harm. To understand this difference is crucial when regulating potentially harmful substances.…

  • The New Kids on the Block In Plant Breeding

    You probably haven’t heard of them – unless you’re a plant breeding researcher, an anti-GMO activist or work in the seed industry – but they’re the new kids on the block desperately trying to fit in. They’re collectively called new (plant) breeding techniques (NBTs) which is just a technical name introduced by the European Commission.[i]…

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