The Citizens' Initiative
The current regulatory system results in an implicit ban of new plant breeding techniques. These new techniques are valuable tools for breeding more resilient crops, with less resources and in less time: a much-needed advancement in times of climate change and prospected food insecurity - and thus something we simply cannot afford to miss out on.
We have submitted a detailed proposal to the European Commission in the form of a European Citizens' Initiative. In this proposal, we outline changes to the current law that take into account important advancements in plant breeding techniques. Most importantly, we propose to focus on the crop rather than the technique. In this way safety is ensured while the valuable benefits of new techniques are not lost to illogical regulatory hurdles.
Starting on the 25th of July, we will gather one million signatures from EU citizens who support our initiative.
With your support, we will demand an update of the legislation to foster responsible innovation, sustainability and safety for us and the next generations.
We happily welcome your help to reach one million signatures by spreading the word within your network.
Please note that we have not received any funding so far and stand as an independent, student-led initiative. Any future financial contributions will be published on this website.
Help us demand a better legal framework for targeted breeding techniques in the EU that fosters the balance between safety and innovation.
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