On September 27, the Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales held its sixth workshop on “Innovation, Society and Plant Breeding” at the Goethe Institut. Senator Jean Bizet opened the discussions by addressing how the ill-implementa- tion of the precautionary principle can damage innovation. Simultaneously, during a press confer- ence, the Association acknowledged the emergence of new genome editing technologies, which are revolutionising plant breeding and biological research. @AFBV1