Grow­ers wel­come in­ter­na­tional state­ment on plant breed­ing in­no­va­tions

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Grain Grow­ers of Canada wel­comed the an­nounce­ment that Canada, along with like minded coun­tries from around the world, have signed an in­ter­na­tional state­ment on agri­cul­tural ap­pli­ca­tions of pre­ci­sion biotech­nol­ogy. The in­ter­na­tional state­ment rec­og­nizes the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits this tech­nol­ogy can bring and the need for reg­u­la­tory frame­works that en­cour­age re­search and min­i­mize po­ten­tial dis­rup­tions to trade.

“Grow­ers are ex­cited about the po­ten­tial of new plant breed­ing in­no­va­tions,” said GGC Pres­i­dent Jeff Nielsen. “We are pleased that the Gov­ern­ment of Canada is play­ing an in­ter­na­tional lead­er­ship role on this im­por­tant is­sue. We look for­ward to also see­ing progress here at home.”

Plant breed­ing in­no­va­tion in­cludes tools like gene edit­ing sys­tems that can bring new va­ri­eties to the mar­ket faster and with lower costs than ever be­fore. These va­ri­eties have the po­ten­tial to be higher yield­ing, health­ier for con­sumers and the en­vi­ron­ment, and im­prove food se­cu­rity while con­tin­u­ing to main­tain Canada’s high ex­pec­ta­tions for safety.

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