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November 7th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

Thirteen nations have used the forum of the World Trade Organization to present a position paper supporting policies that advance agricultural innovation, including genome editing.

The United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, Uruguay, Vietnam and the Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States all supported the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology. It was presented to the WTO’s Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in Geneva last week.

The position paper calls for applying “science- and risk-based approaches” to regulating genome editing and other new breeding techniques for agricultural products. “Due consideration should be given to available scientific and technical information when updating existing regulatory frameworks or applying these frameworks to products of precision biotechnology, and when using available flexibility within existing regulatory frameworks for agricultural products,” the paper stated. Read more