Is Europe ‘down under’ GM regulation?
8 February 2019. "Options available to European food scientists are severely limited in the face of a global population boom, estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050", according to an article in LabNews. The undeniable predicament has been exacerbated by last year's European Court of Justice ruling equating certain gene edited products to GMOs. Dr. Lee Hickey, Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, hopes that the predicament facing Europe won't be repeated Down Under. He underlines the “tragedy that historically GM has somehow been separated from the green movement. We would like to see these coexist, hand in hand, but unfortunately that’s not the case." He also notes, “Creating better crops for the future, more healthy crops – these are very, very important issues to do with food security and we should not be fighting that challenge with one hand tied behind our backs.”