For the AFBV, there are very promising margins for progress to secure and develop plant production. These margins are to be found in innovations in the field of genetics. Genetic engineering technologies are used to limit the loss of production potential during cultivation, thus allowing the yield, in quantity and quality of the crop, to come as close as possible, in a given environment, to its optimum genetic potential.
The French Association of Plant Biotechnologies (AFBV), which brings together around a hundred researchers and experts in the field of green biotechnology, welcomes the position taken by the French Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, in favor of new plant breeding technologies, also known as NPBT or NBT. These new technologies make it possible in particular to speed up plant breeding and make it more efficient, necessary conditions for competitiveness of our seed sector.
Protecting crops against pests is one of the major challenges that all types of agriculture face to limit losses in the field. In fact, with climate change and the globalization of trade, European agriculture will be confronted with the arrival of new diseases and new predators. For the French Association of Plant Biotechnology (AFBV), it is the competitiveness of our farms that is directly threatened if crop yields decline for lack of appropriate and authorized protection measures.
Following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision of 25 July 2018 relating to genome-edited plants, many scientists, Member States, industrial organizations, trading partners and other stakeholders have called for the EU to adapt its GMO legislation (Directive 2001/18/EC and associated regulations) to reflect scientific knowledge and technical progress achieved since its implementation in 2001.
Oversixty organizations and scientific leaders address an open letter to Jean-Claude Juncker.
Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales Wissenschaftlerkreis Grüne Gentechnik e.V.23-25 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau Postfach 12 01 27,75001 Paris, France 60114 Frankfurt/main, Allemagnemél: firstname.lastname@example.org@wgg-ev.dePress ReleaseFrankfurt am Main and Paris, 20 July2018Oversixty organizations and scientific leadersaddress an open letterto Jean-Claude Juncker:Three proposals to ensure that the EU does not miss out on the opportunities offered by plant genome editingOversixty organizations (public and private research centers, universities, academies, technical institutes, professional agricultural organizations) and scientific leaders from different European Union countriesand Switzerland(1)have come together as a group called « European Initiative for plant genome editing ».