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June 20th, 2018 / ITIF

After decades of special interest groups raising unwarranted fears and misrepresenting every aspect of so-called “GMOs”, opponents of innovation in plant and animal breeding are adding a new under-the-bed-monster to the mythical menagerie. This one is called “gene editing” aka “GE,” and it seems the topic is everywhere these days.

instead of worrying about whether gene edited plants and animals are GMOs, we should be asking if the present regulatory regimes for “GMO” plants and animals are defensible, whether they make any sense, whether there is any basis in fact that can possibly justify the enormous opportunity costs they impose. The answer is clearly and unambiguously “No.” So the question becomes, how, and how quickly, can they be set aside? Read more