Opinion: 50 Shades of GM

May 29, 2015

50 shades of GM squareProfessor of Agricultural Biotechnology, Professor Michael Jones, says the laws related to plant breeding and genetic modification needs to catch up to science.

In his opinion piece in ScienceNetwork WA’s Perspectives, Professor Jones says it’s a strange paradox that the less precise a technology, the less it is regulated and conversely the more knowledge and hard science that underlies a technology, the more it is regulated.

He says the combination of seed or tissue samples imported from distant lands, that would otherwise not have crossed, is regarded as somehow as ‘natural.’ Yet any process in which the specific gene is isolated and transferred to improve the properties of a recipient plant in a precise and defined manner is heavily regulated.

You can read Professor Jones’ article here.

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