Crop Biotech Update

Jordan Welcomes Safe Use of Biotech Crops

November 27, 2009

Jordan needs to speed up its efforts to maximize the benefits of biotechnology. "We should not remain afraid to try the technology in the midst of food insecurity. Regional cooperation is a must," said Dr. Rawashda, director general of the Jordanian Authority for Food and Medical Advice during his opening remarks at the 4th International Conference on Genetically Modified (GM) Food held in Amman, Jordan on November 16-17, 2009.

The conference served as a venue for participants from different Arab states to discuss the challenges of using GM food in the region. "Jordan is open to the safe use of any technology that will contribute to the betterment of life for its people such as biotech crops," added Dr. Rady Altarwana, director of the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture.

For more details about the conference email Dr. Ismail Abdel Hamid of the Egypt Biotechnology Information Center at or