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GE deregulation amendment is withdrawn – but there is more work to do

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In its last meeting before the summer recess the House of Lords finally debated Amendment 275 of the Agriculture Bill, which proposed to regulate products of gene editing in the UK. The amendment was withdrawn.

Liberating ‘Agricultural research’? Agriculture Bill update

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A new amendment to the UK’s Agriculture Bill proposes to deregulate gene edited organisms for ‘agricultural research’. In reality it is a Trojan horse designed deregulate most forms of genome editing.

Take Action: Ask Ministers to reject plans to deregulate genome editing

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Beyond GM is working with GM Freeze and GMWatch to mobilise supporters to oppose an a attempt, via the Agriculture Bill, to deregulate the use of genome editing in our food or on our farms. Here’s what you can do.

Deregulating GMOs via the Agriculture Bill – what happens next?

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The second reading of the Agriculture Bill in the House of Lords was less of a debate and more of an exercise in priming the pump for the proposed amendment to deregulate GMOs. With support from an uncritical media, expect more to follow.

Regulatory chicanery – Biotech lobby quietly hijacks the UK’s Agriculture Bill to change the definition of ‘GMOs’

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MPs, peers and the research establishment, intent on ‘liberating’ the UK’s agri-bioscience sector, are sidestepping democratic processes to try and change the definition of a GMO to exclude organisms engineered with new gene editing technologies.

Exploring the boundaries of plant breeding

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Our new report from our world cafe The Boundaries of Plant breeding follows the conversations between biotech, conventional and organic plant breeders and finds clashes – but also encouraging areas of agreement.

House of Lords debate on genome editing…what was the point?

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This week the House of Lords ‘debated’ how the UK might regulate genome edited foods post-Brexit. While governments elsewhere are struggling to understand some of the nuances of this issue, here in the UK we are treating it like an afterthought – and that is unacceptable.

GMOs in conservation – testing the fences

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Over the last few years, ‘testing the fences’, to find places where the public might be less opposed to GMOs, has become fundamental to the biotech industry’s PR plan. Now it’s turning its attention to the world of nature conservation.

New UK GMO regulations – what do they mean?

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During the prorogation of Parliament in September several key pieces of legislation slipped through undebated including a set of new GMO regulations for the UK Here’s what you need to know.

Antibiotic-resistant GMO genes persist in sewage sludge

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When people eat – and then digest – GMO foods, some of that the genetic material, which can carry antibiotic resistance, can eventually be flushed into the environment, and can survive wastewater treatment