Practically, certain genetic techniques can be used to generate plants that will be deemed safe assuming their genome could be the result of natural mutation or traditional mutation or breeding with compatible species.
Risks organic production
Although NGT-1 remain banned from organic products, the lack of basic information and ex-post traceability and monitoring makes it quite difficult to apply.
The lack of any traceability and monitoring will make it almost impossible for the EU Commission to gather the necessary information from proponents / Member-States in view of preparing the monitoring report expected after the first 5 years.
Compromises freedom of choice
The new rules would reduce the freedom of choice of food producers and consumers and increase the uncontrolled proliferation of plants and products whose safety is merely conceptual and lacks scientific ground; disregarding the techniques, some of which are identical to GMOs, used to create new varieties.
Bans the right to ban
Member-States would lose the right to ban cultivation on their territory for any NGT plants notified or authorized at EU level.
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