Most of the Israeli public was first exposed to to Genetic Engineering when the reports about "duplication" of the sheep "Dolly" were published. Short-term public discussion arose which focused primarily on ethical questions arising from the use of genetic engineering. The Israeli legislator did not remain indifferent and rushed to enact a law prohibiting the "replication" of people and experiments involving human genetic intervention.
The biotechnology revolution is underway. Food, agricultural seeds and crops are undergoing a process of genetic engineering to give them the desired properties. However, the biotechnology industry can have environmental impacts during the manufacturing process, and then the effects due to environmental and health damages that may be caused by genetically modified products may lead to the division of responsibilities between the producer and the user.
In the Western countries a struggle has been brewing for several years between the biotechnology companies, which are engaged in developing foodstuffs and genetically modified crops and the environmental protection organizations, who fear the negative effects of the use of genetic engineering on the environment, including on human health.
According to Israeli law, the use of plants and genetically modified organisms (GMO) is subject to a system of permits and inspection. We are updated on developments and trends in legislation and the case law relating to biotechnology worldwide. We can advise you on how to act in conformance with the requirements of existing environmental legislation, and to prepare in advance for existing requirements and expectable developments. Also, we will be able to advise you what preventive steps you need to take in order to delimit the boundaries of your responsibility as much as possible.