Crop Biotech Update

Experts Say "Radically ReThink Agriculture"

February 19, 2010

"There is a critical need to get beyond popular biases against the use of agricultural biotechnology and develop forward-looking regulatory frameworks based on scientific evidence," experts say in an opinion article Radically rethinking agriculture for the 21st century published in the journal Science.

N.V. Fedoroff and colleagues call for a "serious reevaluation of the existing regulatory framework in the light of accumulated evidence and experience." This means establishing a foundation for making the regulatory less complex without affecting the integrity of safety assessment. The restriction regulatory system has hampered the greater involvement of the public sector noting their virtual exclusion from the use of molecular methods to improve crops for farmers.

The authors conclude that "if we are to resume progress toward eliminating hunger, we must scale up and further build on the innovative approaches already under development, and we must do so immediately."

See http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/327/5967/833 for the full article.