In May, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency dropped safety audit requirements for gene-edited plants, a step announced in the government’s updated seed regulations.
The food inspection agency determined gene-editing is safe and achieves the same outcomes as conventional plant breeding techniques. As a result, gene-edited seeds can be put on the market without government checks or mandatory labelling requirements.
But organic farmers worry the lax requirements will affect their own crop production. Some say the new regulations were developed with undue industry influence, and that insufficient research has been conducted to understand the effect of gene-edited seeds on the environment or food.
Seeds are edited to enhance their features
Gene-edited seeds are developed by altering a plant’s genes to enhance its features, such as making a seed more heat resistant, improving its taste or decreasing its carbon footprint.
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