Biotech Updates

Science is Critical to Address Agricultural Challenges, Says CSIRO's Peacock

November 6, 2009

The challenge is to produce enough food for the global population in addition to addressing issues related to climate change and the environment. "If we are to meet this challenge, science is critical," said William James Peacock of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Plant Industry during the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference: Agricultural Biotechnology for Better Living and a Clean Environment held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand last September 22-25, 2009.

"The GM plant breeding tool is a valuable addition to the armory of the plant breeder. It is time now for trust in our regulatory authorities, just as we have trusted them in non-GM food and agricultural testing up to now," Peacock added. He stressed that in addition to science, it is also important to consider national and international policies for GM crops and foods, science investments, and consumer acceptance and choice.

For more details about W. Peacock's talk, visit