Crop Biotech Update

European Seed Association Puts Plant Breeding Innovation at the Heart of a Sustainable EU Agri-food Policy

October 4, 2017

The European seed sector launched the campaign #EmbracingNature to emphasize and explain the essential role that plant breeding innovation plays in tackling Europe's agri-food challenges, including meeting consumer demands and contributing to a highly productive and more sustainable agriculture and food production system.

Nigel Moore, President of the European Seed Association (ESA), representing the seed sector in the conference panel on Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture and Societal Challenges said that Europe cannot afford to miss out on the opportunity to develop new varieties more quickly, more efficiently, and address the needs of farmers, consumers, and the environment in a more targeted way.

The European seed sector calls upon the EU to ensure a supportive public policy that enables plant breeding innovation, and to consider the latest plant breeding methods as essential components of the plant breeders' toolbox, concludes Garlich von Essen, Secretary General of the European Seed Association.

For more details, read the news release in the ESA website.