Leading Groups Urge UK Government to Take Action to Harness Unique Contribution of Plant Genetic InnovationJuly 28, 2021
The National Food Strategy, the United Kingdom's first commissioned independent review of the government's food policy, was launched last week. Leading groups in the United Kingdom's crop improvement pipeline, from fundamental and applied genetic science to commercial plant breeding, have issued a joint call on the Government to take action on regulation and R&D to harness the unique contribution of plant genetics in securing a more sustainable food future.
The National Food Strategy (NFS), which aims to provide a roadmap for transforming the food system from its current state to one that is healthier for the population and the planet, highlighted the need to invest in the latest science, including new breeding techniques. This is "to improve productivity without polluting the land." The NFS discussed the potential to increase crop yields by up to 30% through advances in crop breeding and sets out the need for a Challenge Fund targeted at practical innovation that would shift the nation towards sustainable and healthy eating.
The joint call is for the UK Government to ensure these innovations can take place by providing a proportionate and enabling regulatory framework for genetic innovation, alongside a more coherent R&D strategy for crop genetic improvement which ensures promising new genetic discoveries, for example in model plant species, have a clear translational pathway into crops and products of value to UK farmers and consumers.
The John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, NIAB, and the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB), along with leading plant scientists at Britain's top universities, have welcomed the National Food Strategy's recognition of the importance of crop genetics in delivering the productivity, resource use efficiency, and nutritional quality gains needed to support a healthier, more resilient food system.
For more details, read the news article on the BSPB website.
You might also like:
- Leading Scientists and Politicians Welcome Defra Gene Editing Consultation
- Defra Seeks Support for Gene Editing; Launches Consultation
- UK Farmers Endorse Adoption of GM Crops, Survey Reveals
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in 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
- RNA Breakthrough Creates Rice and Potatoes that Grow 50% More; Tolerate Drought
- Meta-analysis Shows that Future Food Demand Will Increase between 35-56% over the Period 2010-2050
- Golden Rice Now Approved for Commercial Planting in the Philippines
- Gene Drive Regulations to Evolve as the Technology Advances -Experts
- Scientists Say Modern Biotech Tools Beneficial for West Africa's Yam Industry
- UPLB's Bt Eggplant Approved for Consumption in the Philippines
- Leading Groups Urge UK Government to Take Action to Harness Unique Contribution of Plant Genetic Innovation
- Study Finds Genome-Edited Foods Found Generally Acceptable by UK Consumers
- Study Reveals Gene Involved in Stem Rust Resistance in Wheat
- CRISPR Takes Out Bitter Compounds in Chicory
- Book Tackles Genome Editing Techniques for Climate-Smart Crops
- First GM Marsupials Developed with CRISPR
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (November 29, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (November 29, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: