‘We urgently need a renewed public debate about new breeding technologies’

Plant breeding has considerably increased agricultural yields in recent decades and made a major contribution to combating global hunger and poverty. At the same time, however, the intensification of farming has had negative environmental effects. A recent study by the University of Göttingen shows that new plant breeding technologies – such as genetic engineering and gene editing – can help increase food production whilst being more environmentally friendly. Results were published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.