Following a request from Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, on 28 April, the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) an explanatory note on new techniques in agricultural biotechnology.
New plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) focus on developing new seed traits within a given species through genetic engineering. For the agri-food industry, the plants resulting from these new breeding techniques should not be considered genetically modified because no foreign DNA is present in their genes, which might have developed naturally._______________________
To opponents, they are just another attempt at selling GMOs to Europeans through the back door.
In April 2016, Enrico Brivio, European Commission spokesperson for Health, Food Safety, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, told EURACTIV that we should “move away from a GMO-centered discussion when it comes to innovation in plant reproductive materials”.
“We should not treat all new techniques as ‘hidden’ GMOs,” he pointed out.
Broad EU reflection