BIO Deutschland Welcomes the Use of Genetic Engineering

BIO Deutschland called for “an end to the demonization of genetic engineering” ahead of a press conference scheduled by NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union of Germany) for 7 December 2011.

The association underlined that genetic engineering has long since established itself in everyday life and that one can no longer imagine life without it: human insulin for diabetics, more environmentally friendly production of cheese suitable for vegetarians, and washing powders that save energy and reduce costs are just a few examples of the positive impact of the use of genetic engineering methods for society and the environment.

A significant number of small and medium-sized companies in Germany uses genetic engineering to provide innovative products and services, thus creating highly qualified jobs. Some of these firms are global leaders. Such companies help to safeguard Germany’s position as a location for business and industry.

Some 200 medications that are manufactured with the help of genetic engineering are currently licensed for the German market. Between 2008 and 2010 alone, the number of products in medication developers’ product pipelines rose by 26 per cent and will also increase significantly in the coming years.

Apart from these medications, there is a long list of other products manufactured with the help of genetic engineering. For example, these products include diagnostics (for cancer, food intolerances, pancreatitis or avian influenza) and substances that are used in cosmetics, body care, textile production and the home, but also in the more environmentally friendly transformation of industrial manufacturing processes.

Moreover, the increasing global annual cultivation and yield figures for genetically modified plant types prove that genetic engineering also makes a major contribution in the area of plant cultivation. Genetically modified soya makes up the largest percentage of feedstuffs used for livestock in Germany.

Hardly any other technology has established itself so rapidly and successfully in all areas of our lives. This is not least due to the large number of scientifically founded studies proving that the use of genetic engineering is not harmful.

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