Growers welcome international statement on plant breeding innovations
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.