Seed Sector Commends Countries’ Commitment To Agricultural Innovation

Nyon, Switzerland (November 7, 2018) - Fourteen governments and regional bodies have endorsed the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology that was released in Geneva at the World Trade Organization Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

The statement supports policies that enable agricultural innovation through the use of the latest plant breeding methods, including gene editing.

“The International Seed Federation (ISF) applauds these governments for their collective commitment to science-based and harmonised regulation, a collaboration that will allow the seed sector to continue to innovate and support farmers to address climate change and food security,” says Michael Keller, ISF Secretary General. “Therefore, we call on the 14 governments and regional bodies to work together to ensure that agricultural innovation reaches farmers and consumers around the world."

Those supporting the statement, to date, are: Argentina – which led the effort – as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, and the Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States.

The text of the joint statement, which is being updated as additional countries sign on, is available on the World Trade Organization website: www.wto.org.


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