products from genetically modified canola or soybean land in the U.S. already on the plate. The Consumer realizes that’s not always. Because certain genetic interventions are allowed for some time. Such products could also come at us soon in the trade. Genetically modified products should be labeled so in the future. This calls for the Foundation for Technology assessment (TA-Swiss), whose official job it is to provide the Parliament and the Federal Council as a basis for decision making. This sounds simple, but in fact, the Foundation has provided to the legislature before a mammoth task.

genome-editing can be useful for plant breeders useful, because through genetic changes, new properties can arise. And they don’t want to leave a lot of breeders as in the conventional breeding of the accident. Plants can be high-yield, disease resistant, or more durable.

But, in order for the labelling may be called, it must be possible, this also prove. In Europe, laboratories carry out daily food safety controls, to ensure that no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) come into the trade. In conventional GMO this is because they contain a kind of footprint in the genome, showing that you have been manipulated using genetic engineering. Different new methods for genome editing, one of which is the Genschere Crispr/Cas. This can be applied so that they cause only tiny genetic changes. The shear does not leave a footprint.

And there is another Problem: The changes in the genome are such that they would be spontaneous in nature can emerge – for example, by the action of UV rays of the sun.

Whether a change is natural or by the genome-editing came about, you can not distinguish, but always. The European network of GMO laboratories (ENGL) came out in March of this year, in a report to the conclusion that without additional information, an identification with the standard of proof is currently not possible process.

The seed producers have may have an interest, to label their products any that to to patent. But in principle, the following applies: the genome-editing in the case of foods evidence will not always be possible. Therefore, the TA recommends to check Swiss measures that prevent products from non-declared genome-edited plants on the market. How, exactly, such measures should look like, however, is unclear.

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