Agriculture and Science Groups Voice Support for International Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

Alexandria, VA (November 19, 2018) — Eighteen national organizations representing agriculture and science communities recently joined together in signing a statement in support of the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology (“the International Statement”).

“We commend the governments that initiated and supported the statement in taking this positive step toward improved international coordination,” stated the groups. “This is crucial to the ability of breeders to utilize new and innovative methods, to increasing choice for farmers and to maintaining trade in agricultural products.”

View the full statement and list of signing organizations here.

Signed by 13 countries to date, including the U.S., the International Statement reiterates a global commitment to the fair, science-based treatment of agricultural innovation like gene editing, around the world.

For more information on plant breeding innovation, visit: seedinginnovation.org.


Founded in 1883, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) represents over 700 companies involved in seed production, plant breeding and related industries in North America. ASTA is the leading voice of action in all matters concerning the development, marketing and movement of seed, associated products and services throughout the world. The association's broad membership offers varieties from alfalfa to zucchini and all production types including conventional, organic and biotech. ASTA promotes the development of better seed to produce better crops for a better quality of life.