GMOs and gene editing in agriculture: the benefits of regulation


10th February 2021 at 09.00-11.15

Discussing new genetic engineering techniques: politically timely

How does organic & non-organic food and farming avoid contamination with GMOs?

Why is it so relevant for food production that GMOs are regulated? Which disruptions can be expected from gene editing and new genetic engineering in general?

With the study of the European Commission on practical aspects surrounding the application of the European Court of Justice ruling on ‘New Genomic Techniques’ expected for spring 2021, the topic is again high on the agenda of EU policymakers.

At our event, we will showcase the benefits and necessity of the EU GMO Regulation for food & farming, including organic.

Upcoming genetic engineering techniques such as gene editing, require Europe to combine old and new strategies to protect its environment and biodiversity and enable organic and conventional non-GMO farming as well as consumer freedom of choice.


This event will present practical strategies of the organic  sector to ensure maintenance of its high standards in every part of the food chain. It will also give an outlook on how the EU can continue to maintain transparency in certified organic and non-organic farming and food production and how regulation plays an essential role in this.

The discussions in the event are particularly relevant for organic and non-organic farmers, processors, retailers as well as stakeholders affected by EU agriculture biotechnology policy & regulation.

For more details including how to register.

Registration is open now and for everyone. Interpretation from French to English will be provided.

Programme 10 February 2021

Part 1 Smart practices
GMT 09.00-09.35 Presentation of practical strategies of the organic and conventional sectors and how regulation has played and will play an essential role in this.
- Steven Jacobs, Organic Farmers & Growers, UK.
Steven will inform us about contamination guidelines, market implications and the role of good regulation in preventing contaminations.
- Yves Bertheau, scientist and expert on GMO detection, France.
Yves will explain more about the feasibility of detection strategies for products from new genetic engineering techniques.
Part 2 Panel discussion
GMT 09.45-11.15 Discussion on the status quo of the EU GMO Regulation, future scenarios of its implementation in the light of novel products and its relevance to trade, retail and different production systems, including organic farming.
There will be a diverse panel, including organic & non-organic farmers, retailers, scientist and a reaction from the EU Commission (tbc). There will be room for questions from the audience.