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Italy: Minister Martina speaks out about new genetic improvement techniques

Confagricoltura expressed its appreciation for the words of the Minister for Agriculture Maurizio Martina who, talking about GMOs on "L'Espresso", said he approves initiatives to genetically improve products with innovative techniques.

"We feel the choice concerning the cultivation of GMOs is incoherent as we believe these new techniques - from gene editing to cis-genetics - may make us more competitive and our productive processes more sustainable," explained the president of Confagricoltura Mario Guidi.

On 16th July, Confagricoltura talked about these issues within its "Geni Italiani" (Italian Genes) initiative at the Expo, stressing their great potential to promote and safeguard biodiversity and local productions.

"Minister Martina said he supports this policy. We appreciate it and hope that it will lead to an authorisation to test the new techniques and maybe a proposal at a EU level to distinguish what is transgenic from these innovations. We are still in time to do it and we firmly believe it would bring about great advantages for our agricultural and agroindustrial sectors."

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