New rul­ing could pave the way for ge­net­i­cally al­tered pro­duce

GET READY FOR SOME WEIRD AND WON­DER­FUL NEW FRUIT AND VEG.

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Gene edit­ing has been a de­bat­able topic for years, but US re­searchers have been given the green light to ge­net­i­cally al­ter crops and plants. With one coun­try open­ing the doors to this con­tro­ver­sial tech­nique, oth­ers are soon to fol­low. In fact, the Eu­ro­pean Court of Jus­tice deemed that agri­cul­ture shouldn’t be reg­u­lated by the same rules as those gov­ern­ing ge­net­i­cally al­tered an­i­mals. Ear­lier this year, Aus­tralia was also ready to change laws gov­ern­ing gene edit­ing, es­pe­cially in the agri­cul­ture and health sec­tor. The changes could lead to fast-grow­ing, drought- and dis­ease-re­sis­tant crops. And, hy­po­thet­i­cally, it also means a new gen­er­a­tion of weird-look­ing fruit and veg could be ap­pear­ing in the pro­duce aisle of your lo­cal su­per­mar­ket a pos­si­bil­ity.

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