Background 20.02.2023

foodwatch report New Genome Techniques (NGT) – A Risky Corporate Distraction From Real Sustainable Solutions

  • Pesticides

Agriculture in the European Union to date has been largely free from the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO). However, newer methods of genetic engineering, so called New Genomic Techniques (NGTs), are now being discussed as a way to reduce pesticide by developing new pest and/or disease resistant varieties or certain crops. There is a narrative that is becoming increasingly heard that genetically modified crops are needed to achieve the “Farm to Fork” goals by 2030. This has been stressed by multiple stakeholders (see e.g. EC 2022).