Give CRISPR a Chance

Agriculture and food production must become more sustainable in a world facing a growing population under changing climate conditions and environmental degradation. All possible approaches, including improved plant breeding technologies, are essential to address these challenges. In order to develop new crop varieties, scientists and plant breeders need to have access to the widest possible array of breeding tools. The most recent addition to the toolbox is precision breeding, also known as genome editing with a preference for CRISPR. This technology allows scientists and breeders to develop desired crop varieties in a faster, relatively simple and much more directed way compared to older breeding technologies.


EU-SAGE is a network representing 129 European plant science institutes and societies that have joined
forces to provide information about genome editing and promote the development of European and EU
member state policies that enable the use of genome editing for sustainable agriculture and food

Position Paper

Regulating genome edited organisms as GMOs has negative consequences for agriculture, society and economy.

Open Statement July 2019

European scientists urgently reach out to the newly elected European Parliament and European Commission to enable the potential of genome editing for sustainable agriculture and food production.

Letter to the European Commission

On behalf of the European Sustainable Agriculture through Genome Editing network (EU-SAGE), we call upon the European Commission to safeguard genome editing for sustainable agriculture and food production.

Open Statement July 2020

Genome editing offers an increasing range of solutions for a more efficient selection of crops that are climate resilient, less dependent from fertilizers and pesticides, and help preserve natural resources. European scientists recommend that the European Commission endorses this message for the benefit and welfare of all EU citizens.

Open brief juli 2020

Genoombewerking biedt een toenemend scala aan oplossingen voor een efficiƫntere selectie van gewassen die klimaatbestendig zijn, minder afhankelijk van meststoffen en pesticiden, en bijdragen aan het behoud van natuurlijke hulpbronnen. We raden de Europese Commissie aan deze boodschap te onderschrijven ten voordele van het welzijn van alle EU-burgers.