Explanatory Note supporting the AFBV-WGG Initiative updated March 2021
Suggestions to enable the development of genome editing in Europe
A. The challenges facing Agriculture:
Agriculture is facing many challenges, the most important of which are a growing world population (9-10 billion people in 2050), the scarcity of arable land and the risks related to climate change and biodiversity loss. Hence the need for sustainable production using less land and inputs and reduction of its environmental impacts.
B. The need to continue to innovate for crop improvement:
To meet these challenges, all stakeholders must continue to develop innovative and efficient agriculture in France, Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world. Among the innovations which are required at all steps from seed to fork, those related to plant genetics play an important role. It is essential that all technologies available for the creation of new plant varieties can be used without exclusion in principle. (...)
Wissenschaftskreis Genomik und Gentechnik e.V. (WGG)