While U.S. and international biotechnology companies have dozens of new transgenic events under development, the world lacks a synchronized, science-based system for countries to export and import grain, oil and other products produced from biotech crops.
To address the issue, Illinois soybean farmers are joining with U.S. agricultural organizations and biotechnology providers to host the International Biotechnology Symposium on Aug. 26 in Champaign, Ill. The symposium takes place the day before the 2013 Farm Progress Show in nearby Decatur, Ill.
"Biotech crops mean food security for many countries around the world, yet today's biotechnology approval process is susceptible to international politics, making it volatile and inefficient," says Bill Wykes, Illinois Soybean Association chairman. "We need a global, cohesive, science-based regulatory system so farmers can produce more food and nations can enjoy food security."
Attendees can expect discussion about ways to streamline regulatory and trade approvals for farmer use of biotech seed and the worldwide trade of soybeans, corn and other crops grown with biotechnology.
Sponsors of the symposium include the U.S. Soybean Export Council, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Farm Progress, WinField, Bayer CropScience, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Nebraska Soybean Board and Ohio Soybean Council.
Registration and program information is available at www.biotechnologysymposium.com.