The Sustainable Food Trust is strongly opposed to any relaxation of the regulations on genetically altered crops and animals, including those produced by gene editing. We feel the focus on high-tech agriculture is misplaced and will increase the industrialisation of food production at the expense of people and our ability to produce adequate supplies of nutritious food in the future.
Gene editing (GE) artificially alters the genetic makeup of a plant or animal using technology which enables scientists to cut DNA at a specific spot. DNA can then be added, removed or replaced where it was cut. This differs from other genetic modification which typically introduces ‘foreign’ genes from a different organism. One of the most popular gene editing tools CRISPR was unveiled in 2012, making gene editing much cheaper and easier than it had been previously.