Six Nations Release Joint Statement on Ag Production Technologies

Several groups are applauding the work of the U.S. and other like-minded governments to promote the importance of science-based regulations to facilitate trade of agricultural commodities derived from agricultural biotechnology. The United States government was joined by the governments of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Paraguay in a joint statement announcing their intention to work collaboratively to remove global barriers to the trade of agricultural biotechnology and promote science-based, transparent and predictable regulatory approaches. The statement highlights their intention to promote synchronization of authorizations by regulatory authorities - in particular for food, feed and processing purposes. The nations also state an intention to collaborate in the development of domestic, regional and international approaches to facilitate the global management of low-level presence biotechnology-derived commodities that are authorized in one or more countries - but not in the country of import.

Collectively - these six nations provide the vast majority of corn and soybean supply in international markets. Production and trade in all six of these countries use modern technology - including plant biotechnology - to meet the needs of consumers around the world. According to their statement - they recognize that agricultural production needs to substantially increase to meet global food, feed, fiber and energy demands in the face of population growth. The nations also understand that innovative agricultural technologies need to continue to play a critical role in addressing these challenges, contributing to increased food production in a sustainable way and mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.

The American Seed Trade Association, American Soybean Association, Biotechnology Industry Organization, North American Export Grain Association, National Corn Growers Association and National Grain and Feed Association welcome the leadership of these governments in taking steps toward greater collaboration to systematically address global barriers to trade of products derived from agricultural biotechnology.

For a link to the full statement - visit USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service at www dot fas dot usda dot gov ( Click on the trade heading and follow the trade in biotechnology products link.

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