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Breaking the deadlock

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Dutch plant breeders say EU legislation on GM organisms is too stringent. Are they right?

A year ago, HZPC, a Dutch plant-breeding company, decided to move its field tests of gene-edited potato plants to Canada. The decision was made because of restrictive European legislation on the use of genetically modified breeding methods such as Crispr-Cas.

More companies may follow, but many are staying put in the hope that the new term of the European Commission will come up with proposals for more lenient legislation.

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