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03 May 2017

SAM High Level Group publishes explanatory note on new techniques in agricultural biotechnology

On 28 April 2017 the High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) published an independent Explanatory Note on “New Techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology”. Following the request of Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, the scientific advisers provide a detailed scientific description of the full spectrum of agricultural breeding techniques used in plants, animals and microorganisms. Drawing on the best available scientific reviews, expert opinions and reports, the document describes and compares the new techniques with conventional breeding techniques and with established techniques of genetic modification.

The Note will be used by the Commissioners to support public debate with stakeholders including a high level conference on modern biotechnologies in agriculture which the Commission is organising in Brussels, on 28 September 2017.

New Techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology

Scientific Advice Mechanism  

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