Understanding NGT: Exploring the Consequences


Understanding NGT: Exploring the Consequences

As an organic company committed to sustainable and responsible agriculture, it's essential to stay informed about emerging technologies and their potential impacts. One such technology that has been a topic of discussion lately is New Genomic Techniques (NGT). So, what is NGT and what does it bring to the table?

NGT refers to a set of advanced genetic techniques that allow scientists to modify the DNA of organisms in precise and targeted ways. Unlike traditional genetic modification methods. The most prominent and popular of these technologies is CRISPR-Cas.

Regulatory Considerations

  • Categorization of NGT Plants: Discussions have revolved around categorizing plants modified using NGT into NGT 1 and NGT 2. NGT 1 plants are considered equivalent to conventionally bred plants and may not require stringent regulatory oversight, while NGT 2 plants may undergo more thorough assessment due to their unique genetic modifications.

  • Labeling and Traceability: While NGT 1 plants may not require labeling as GMOs, there are calls for transparent reporting and monitoring mechanisms to track the presence of NGT-derived products in the market, ensuring consumer choice and regulatory compliance.

Ethical and Societal Considerations

  • Potential Health and Environmental Impacts: While NGT holds promise for addressing agricultural challenges, questions remain about its long-term health and environmental impacts.

  • Consumer Choice: NGT poses questions about consumer choice and preferences. By advocating for clear labeling and consumer education, we empower individuals to make choices aligned with their values and preferences.

In conclusion, understanding the consequences of NGT requires a holistic approach that considers consumer awareness, choice, health, and environmental sustainability. As an organic company, we remain committed to fostering transparency, supporting consumer empowerment, and advocating for a food system that prioritizes the well-being of individuals and the planet. Join us in the journey towards a more informed and sustainable future.

Check the video below for better understanding of NGT!

Inspired by IFOAM Organics Europe and the article 'Draft New GMO Regulation: Key Elements and First Reactions,' published by Mathieu Willard on June 19, 2023, on the ARC2020 website.

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