French High Council for Biotechnology (HCB) Provisional Report on New Plant Breeding Techiques

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The French High Council for Biotechnology (HBC) is responsible for giving independent advice to the French government on all issues relating to GMOs and other types of biotechnology. There is a debate if all new plant breeding techniques that utilize recent developments in biotechnology should be considered GMOs and subject to the same regulatory processes. Some of these techniques do not involve the movement of foreign DNA and would be very difficult to detect and police. The HBC recently took up this issue and published a report. Some members of the HBC objected that findings were too favorable toward the development of products using these techniques and have resigned from the council.

Full copy of HBC report (majority in French).

English portion of HBC report.englishportionofnews-26203-avis-hcb