A public consultation found opposition to gene edited crops from businesses
But Government is looking at changing legislation in favour of the technology
If a genetic change can occur naturally, it won't be called genetically modified
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Crops that are gene edited could be in supermarkets within a few years under new rules.
A public consultation found overwhelming opposition to 'Frankenfoods' from individuals and businesses.
But, citing support from academic institutions and public bodies, the Government is looking at changing legislation in favour of the technology.
It would mean that where a genetic change is made to a plant that could also occur naturally it would no longer be classed as genetically modified (GM).
A consultation found overwhelming opposition to 'Frankenfoods' from businesses, but gene edited crops could be in supermarkets within a few years (stock image of vegetables)
Such products would then not need to meet GM regulations and could go on general sale.
Argentina and Japan have approved similar advances, including tomatoes with high levels of a compound that is supposed to reduce blood pressure.
England is already set to trial gene-edited wheat containing less cancer-causing acrylamide.
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