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Published: 2019-07-25

Scientists call for new European regulations for GMO

NEWS Today, on the anniversary of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision on plant breeding with gene-editing, an open letter was sent to the Swedish European parliamentarians and the Swedish government. It calls for an expedited change of the European legislation for genetically modified organisms. It has been signed by leaders of 14 Swedish universities/research centres, royal science academies or research financiers as representatives of the independent Swedish research community.

“The decision of the European Court of Justice has such far-reaching consequences for research and for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture that the Swedish science community found it necessary to react strongly to try to achieve a change in legislation”, says Stefan Jansson, professor at Umeå University, who coordinated the letter.

Read the open letter


The publication of the letter coincides with other activities at the international level that pursue the same purpose (see the links below).

Open Statement from European scientists coordinated by Dirk Inze from VIB in Ghent

European citizens' initiative: 'Grow scientific progress: crops matter!


For further information, please contact:

Stefan Jansson, professor, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, and Umeå Plant Science Centre
Phone: +46 70 677 23 31
Email: stefan.jansson@umu.se