Email your MP about the deregulation of gene editing
On 7 January 2021, DEFRA launched an online consultation
on the regulation of gene technologies and, notably, the technique of ‘gene editing’. This consultation is running until 17th March 2021.
Gene editing techniques, such as CRISPR, are supposed to allow for lab-based changes to DNA to give plants, animals, and other organisms specific traits such as disease resistance. The Landworkers' Alliance are concerned that DEFRA is using the consultation to push a high-tech, industrial agenda for deregulation which will have major adverse impacts on all agricultural and food systems, and especially agroecological and organic farmers.
Please email your MP to express your concerns about the deregulation of gene editing. We have put together a template letter below but please amend and personalise if you have the time.
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