Petition Do not pass legislation to allow the gene editing of animals and crops

I want the Government to abandon plans to pass legislation to legalise gene editing of animals and crops. The Government has said technologies such as gene editing have the potential to increase disease resistance in crops, reduce pesticide use, lower costs to farmers and increase food production.

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I want the Government to abandon the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill because I believe that relaxing regulations on GE livestock would be a huge step backwards for animal welfare and jeopardise ethical consumer choices.

Furthermore gene editing could have unpredictable effects and alter the animals in ways we cannot comprehend. We believe the use of GE technologies also threatens to push farmed animals further beyond their biological limits, which could have adverse effects for their health and in turn for consumers.

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MPs debate Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill

MPs debated the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill on Wednesday 15 June in the main House of Commons chamber. This was a Second Reading debate, where MPs debate the general principles of the Bill.

Watch the debate back: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/a702d2ce-8411-41b0-bb95-c04635a44282?in=17:28:23

Read the transcript of the debate: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-06-15/debates/61856BD0-C88F-40E1-B42D-8604F6B2B9C3/GeneticTechnology(PrecisionBreeding)Bill

The Bill will make changes to how plants, animals, and food and feed products developed using precision breeding technologies are regulated. The Government has said that this will help to encourage agricultural and scientific innovation, and promote sustainable and efficient farming and food production.

You can read more about the measures proposed in the Bill in this House of Commons Library Research Briefing: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9557/

What happens next?

Having passed Second Reading, the Bill will now be sent to a Public Bill Committee, where MPs will scrutinise the Bill line by line. They are expected to finish considering the Bill by Tuesday 12 July.

Read more about the bill and keep up to date with its progress: https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3167

What is a Second Reading?

Second Reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of a Bill.

At the end of the debate, the Commons decides whether the Bill should be given its Second Reading, meaning it can proceed to the next stage. If there isn't consensus that a Bill should proceed to its next stage, MPs will vote on this.

Find out more about how Second Readings work: https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/laws/passage-bill/commons/coms-commons-second-reading/

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