Owen Paterson Visits John Innes CentreJune 18, 2014
UK Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) Secretary Owen Paterson visited the John Innes Centre on June 6, 2014 and discussed with JIC scientists about how modern and traditional genetic modification techniques can protect major crops from pests and pathogens. He also discussed about the restrictive EU regulation on GM field tests. "The EU has the most robust and comprehensive safety system for GM in the world and is already a mass consumer of GM crops," he said. "Despite this, GM products which have passed the safety assessments remain stuck in the pipeline. Only one crop has been approved for cultivation in the last 14 years."
"While I acknowledge the views of other Member States, I want British researchers and farmers to be able to reap the economic and environmental benefits of the latest technologies. We have a world class science and research base and the expertise to play a leading role in feeding a rapidly increasing global population," he added. Patterson promised to do all that he could to put British science at the heart of world-leading agricultural research.
Read the media release at http://www.jic.ac.uk/news/2014/06/owen-paterson-visits-jic/.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Researchers Sequence and Analyze Eucalyptus Genome
- Changes in Crop Production Projected as Air Temperatures Increase due to Climate Change
- Climate-smart Agriculture Sparks Economic Renewal
- Vitamin A-rich Biotech Bananas to Undergo Human Trials
- New Plant Breeding Tool to Help Make Perennial Crops
- Biotech Sugarcane Field Tests Start in South America
- ARS Scientists Develop New Strategy to Investigate PSD in Soybeans
- Genome Canada Opens Food Security Research Competition
- 10 Million Farmers Plant Climate-smart Rice
- Owen Paterson Visits John Innes Centre
- EU Ministers Agree to Renationalize Approval of GM Crops
- SlMKK Genes from Tomato Contribute to Plant Resistance to Gray Mold
- Different Drought Levels Cause Changes in Gene Expression in Arabidopsis Reproductive Tissues
- Effects of Bt Cotton-Based Cropping Systems and Their Fertility Levels on Succeeding Wheat Crop
Beyond Crop Biotech
- International Team Has Sequenced the Atlantic Salmon Genome
- Scientists Develop GM Mosquitoes to Fight Spread of Malaria
- Estimation of Intramuscular Fat Percentage through Gene Expression
- Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
- Livestock Biotech Summit
- ISAAA Releases Updated Agricultural Biotechnology Booklet
Subscribe to CBU: