The National Agricultural Research Institute of Tangeria (NARIT) wishes to test the new varieties of super-maize and pasture grass produced by gene-editing. The institute has been promised strong financial support from TAACI who are prepared to meet 75% of the development costs. There is also interest from UN organisations that are promoting better responses to the International Sustainable Development Goals. NARIT is well positioned to become a world leading research and innovation hub in agricultural gene editing technology and indeed this is part of the institution’s stated strategic plan. Leading scientists from both TNU and NARIT maintain that gene-editing techniques do not produce GMOs in the conventional sense and therefore are not subject to the country’s regulations that currently limit the release of GMOs. The proponents point out that there has been expert opinion in several other countries regarding this point with the consensus that these methods are fundamentally no different to standard forms of plant breeding. But those who are opposed point to other countries that do consider that gene-editing techniques should be regulated in the same way as GM.
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