Gene Editing for the EU Agrifood: Risks and Promises in Science Regulation

Luca Leone

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In today’s innovation-driven agrifood domain, the perspective of using so-called New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) on both non-human animals and plants calls into question the regulatory approach (process/product-based) to be used, while asking for a critical reflection on the potential impact of products on the industrial sector and citizens. A possible reconfiguration of European (EU) discipline will have to grapple with not only agrifood market’s interests and needs, but mostly and primarily with the growing quest for public and participatory discussion on the current dominant vision on life sciences. Only through restoring visibility to the intertwining of knowledge production will it be possible to obtain EU governance of gene editing that is more authoritatively reliable from a scientific stance, as well as more transparently discussed and democratically shared at legal and policy level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)766-780
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Risk Regulation
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • gene editing
  • science regulation


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