On 24 October, Science for Democracy Leading has endorsed a position paper that calls upon European policy makers to safeguard innovation in plant science and agriculture. The document is signed by scientists representing more than 85 European plant and life sciences research centers. Science for Democracy shares the concerns about a decision of the European Court of Justice on modern genome editing techniques that could lead to a de facto ban of innovative crop breeding.
European farmers may be deprived of a new generation of more climate resilient and more nutritious crop varieties that are urgently needed to respond to current ecological and societal challenges. Science for Democracy has addressed some of these issues in its position paper on the Horizone Europe draft program and supports statements of European research institutes that appeared online over the last months, this statement is proof of a solid consensus among the academic life science research community in Europe on the negative consequences of this ruling.
On 18 September in Rome and 4 October in Milan Science for Democracy and the Associazione Luca Coscioni promoted public CRISPR Snack to request clarification from the Italian Government on the domestication of the ECJ decision. So far the Conte Government has not responded.