Biotech Regs Rollout

March 23, 2018

Cohosted by The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology presented the new publication Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities. Dr. Alan McHughen (UC-Riverside) spoke about the highlights of the science-based paper, and the event included a Q&A session.

CAST's publication is also being featured on Friday, March 23, at a Senate presentation in the morning and a House of Representatives' noon lunch seminar--both hosted by NC-FAR.

This publication examines the current U.S. regulatory system for GE crops, compares it with those of major trading partners, and considers the effects it has on agricultural biotechnology. The authors show that despite foundational contributions requiring considerable public resource commitments for GE crop innovation and development, academic institutions and small private entities have been almost entirely excluded from the agricultural biotechnology market. The regulatory system needs to be adjusted, or "public, academic, and small business entities will continue to be frustrated in using these safe tools to deliver useful products." Click here for the entire press release.

The issue paper has already generated comments in various media sources and from companies and universities. Next week's Friday Notes will include more about the publication and the rollout events.