In July 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that all genome-edited crops should - and would - be treated as genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).
This ruling instigated some degree of backlash, with many researchers arguing that it prevented any further advancement in the sector and made the much-needed transition into making agricultural practices more sustainable that bit harder.
Since the 2018 ruling, there have been major advances in the use of gene editing techniques to advance crop science. The latest showing of this was the award of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of CRISPR-Cas9.
In recent weeks, the request for the ECJ to review their ruling has gained momentum.