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EU regulations on GM organisms ‘failing lamentably’, peers say

The UK needs to ensure that European Union regulations concerning genetically-modified insects are tested properly or the country risks losing out on this emerging technology, a report has said.

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s report Genetically Modified Insects, published on 17 December, says that EU regulation of GM organisms is “failing lamentably”. The UK government must work to improve the system so the potential of GM insect technology can be realised, it adds.

GM insects can offer help with large-scale humanitarian issues—such as reducing and understanding the spread of dengue fever and malaria by mosquitos—and also in food production by providing an alternative to insecticides, the report says.

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