On November 2nd, 13 countries and organizations released a joint statement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures supporting policies that enable agricultural innovation, including genome editing. The ICBA applauds efforts by the governments of the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, Uruguay, Vietnam as well as the Secretariat of the Economic Community of Western African States for their strong support of agricultural applications of precision biotechnology.
These technologies hold great promise to advance agriculture globally and help countries achieve key milestones in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, such as zero hunger, clean water and climate action. Public and private researchers around the world are using these tools to make food healthier, more resilient, abundant and affordable, and to better protect the environment and animal welfare. The ICBA continues to work with partners around the world to build a policy and business environment where innovative tools can be deployed to reduce hunger and poverty, as well as meet other societal needs.
The joint statement can be found here.