Canada Updates Guidance To Promote Transparency of Gene Editing Regulatory ProcessMay 24, 2023
On May 3, 2023, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Marie Claude-Bibeau announced that Canada updated its guidance for seed regulations to strengthen the country's transparency measures for plant breeding innovation. Plant breeders now have better access to new seed varieties that can aid agricultural food security and climate change resiliency.
The updated measures can be found in Part V of the Seeds Regulations, which states that Canada will create a Government-Industry Steering Committee on Plant Breeding Innovations Transparency whose objective is to facilitate discussions about gene-edited products that are projected to enter the market. The measures will also help execute the expansion of Seeds Canada's Canadian Variety Transparency Database to promote the transparency of information on individual seed varieties. This will be overseen by the Canadian Variety Transparency Database to ensure the completeness and robustness of the database.
Agriculture supporters welcomed the move from the Ministry. "The Canadian Federation of Agriculture supports the release of CFIA's new guidance on plant breeding innovation and ongoing commitment to transparency for producers. This will ultimately help Canadian farmers access new plant varieties that are more resilient to pests and extreme weather events and support our food security and sustainability objectives," said Keith Currie, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. CFIA stands for Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The new measures also direct the Canadian government to provide funds for the review of the country's organic standards to protect the integrity of the organic sector. Both initiatives are advantageous to farmers when making informed decisions about their produce.
Read the announcement from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for more details.
You might also like:
- Canada's Guidelines on Gene Editing to Advance Innovation
- Health Canada Issues Gene Editing Guidelines, Encourages Transparency
- Canadian Grain Farmers Back Gene Edited Crops
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
- Save the Date: APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology Activities
- CABBI Researchers Chart Oilcane Microbiome
- ISAAA Inc. to Hold ASCA6 on September 11-15 in Indonesia
- Purdue University Innovation Introduces Vital Traits to Plants Without Creating Transgenics
- Single Gene Pathway Alteration Turns Chicken Scales into Feathers
- US FDA, NIST Collaborate To Standardize Genomic Alterations of Gene-Edited Livestock
- Scientists Create Gene-edited Allergen-free Chicken Eggs
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (May 24, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (May 24, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: