Crop Biotech Update

Negroponte: Remove Barriers to Use of Biotech

June 27, 2008

Sustainable food security will come from advances in science and technology and the creation of an efficient global market for both agricultural products and food production technologies. “We therefore are strongly encouraging countries to remove barriers for the use of innovative plant and animal production technologies, including biotechnology.” This was stressed by John Negroponte, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, during the 2008 World Food Prize Laureate Announcement.

Negroponte said that “biotechnology tools can help speed the development of crops with higher yields, higher nutritional value, better resistance to pests and diseases, and stronger food system resilience in the face of climate change.”

In related events, former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and George McGovern have been selected to receive the 2008 World Food Prize in October 2008 for their “collaborative leadership that has encouraged a global commitment to school feeding and enhanced school attendance and nutrition for millions of the world’s poorest children, especially girls.”

Details of the news are available at http://www.state.gov/s/d/2008/105902.htm and http://www.worldfoodprize.org/press_room/2008/june/08laureates.htm