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Plant Biotech Industry Welcomes Procedure to Avoid Conflicts of Interest in Expert Groups Convened Under the Convention on Biological Diversity

CropLife International congratulates the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SBI) on a decision that recommends to the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity that they adopt a decision outlining a procedure for avoiding or managing conflicts of interest by members of expert groups established under the Conventions and its subsidiary Protocols. CropLife International’s statement is available for download below.

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Plant Biotechnology News Item Jul 16, 2018

Global Industry Coalition Views on the SBSTTA Debate (Spanish version)

The Global Industry Coalition (GIC) continues to have significant concerns with the ongoing negotiations on risk assessment and risk management of LMOs under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, in particular, how gaps in existing guidance are identified and selected for further consideration in the absence of consensus by the Parties that such work is justified. Parties to the Protocol will consider proposed recommendations for a path forward on risk assessment during the 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Affairs (SBSTTA), taking place 2-7 July 2018 in Montreal, Canada.  The proposed recommendations continue the inefficient and unproductive work that has occurred on this issue since 2004, using the same mechanisms that have not led to beneficial outcomes for the Parties.  The GIC is firmly of the view that the SBSTTA should discontinue this repetitious work.  SBSTTA is instead requested to recommend work on developing objective and agreed-upon criteria to determine whether further work on risk assessment is warranted. An appropriate mechanism for this activity is an online forum that would allow for the participation of a wide spectrum of experts to engage and support outcomes fully-informed by appropriate expertise. This document is in Spanish, click here for the English version.

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Plant Biotechnology Document Jul 09, 2018

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Article 26: Socio-economic Considerations in Decision-making on Living Modified Organisms (Spanish version)

Article 26 of the Protocol provides that Parties may take into account socio-economic considerations in reaching a decision on import of LMOs, but only to the extent consistent with that country’s other international obligations. The document provides the Global Industry Coalition’s views on this topic, as of June 2018. This document is in Spanish, click here for the English version.

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Plant Biotechnology Document Jul 09, 2018

Synthetic Biology Outreach SBSTTA-22 (Spanish version)

The Global Industry Coalition (GIC) for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety reiterates its significant concerns regarding the conduct of the ongoing negotiations on synthetic biology under the Convention. This document is in Spanish, click here for the English version.

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Plant Biotechnology Document Jul 09, 2018

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Article 26: Socio-economic Considerations in Decision-making on Living Modified Organisms

Article 26 of the Protocol provides that Parties may take into account socio-economic considerations in reaching a decision on import of LMOs, but only to the extent consistent with that country’s other international obligations. The document provides the Global Industry Coalition’s views on this topic, as of June 2018. Click here to view this document in Spanish.

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Plant Biotechnology Document Jun 15, 2018
Crop Protection Document Jun 04, 2018

The Impact of Delays in Chinese Approvals of Biotech Crops

In recent years, China has taken considerably longer to approve new biotech crop “events” than have other countries. CropLife International (CLI) commissioned Informa’s Agribusiness Consulting Group (Informa) to conduct an analysis of the agricultural and broader economic impacts of these delays in Chinese approvals.

Informa’s analysis was conducted in two phases. The first phase focuses on biotech events approved by China over the last six years, while the second phase addresses conditions over the next 3-5 years. This report addresses each phase separately.

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Plant Biotechnology Document May 30, 2018

Informa Study Quantifies Significant Economic and Social Benefits from Timely Regulation of Ag Biotech Products

Predictable import approvals support new innovations for farmers, consumers, and the environment. 

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Plant Biotechnology News Item May 30, 2018

CropLife International Statement on Indian Court Ruling that Jeopardizes Agricultural Innovation

In April 2018, the Delhi High Court ruled to invalidate a patent for an insect resistant biotech cotton variety. This decision sets a far-damaging precedent for intellectual property rights and the future of innovation in India for the plant biotech and many other industries. CropLife International’s  statement is available for download below:

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Plant Biotechnology News Item May 29, 2018

Synthetic Biology Outreach SBSTTA-22

The Global Industry Coalition (GIC) for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety reiterates its significant concerns regarding the conduct of the ongoing negotiations on synthetic biology under the Convention. Click here to view this document in Spanish.

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Plant Biotechnology Document May 22, 2018

Global Industry Coalition Views on the SBSTTA Debate

The Global Industry Coalition (GIC) continues to have significant concerns with the ongoing negotiations on risk assessment and risk management of LMOs under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, in particular, how gaps in existing guidance are identified and selected for further consideration in the absence of consensus by the Parties that such work is justified. Parties to the Protocol will consider proposed recommendations for a path forward on risk assessment during the 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Affairs (SBSTTA), taking place 2-7 July 2018 in Montreal, Canada.  The proposed recommendations continue the inefficient and unproductive work that has occurred on this issue since 2004, using the same mechanisms that have not led to beneficial outcomes for the Parties.  The GIC is firmly of the view that the SBSTTA should discontinue this repetitious work.  SBSTTA is instead requested to recommend work on developing objective and agreed-upon criteria to determine whether further work on risk assessment is warranted. An appropriate mechanism for this activity is an online forum that would allow for the participation of a wide spectrum of experts to engage and support outcomes fully-informed by appropriate expertise. Click here to see this document in Spanish.

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Plant Biotechnology Document May 22, 2018

CropLife International Issues Statement on Proposed China Tariff

In response to the proposed U.S. tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce released a list of potential U.S. products that might be subject to import levies. This list include a proposed 25 percent tax on U.S. soybean imports. CropLife International’s statement is available for download below:

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Plant Biotechnology News Item Apr 09, 2018

Crop Protection Industry Launches Global Transparency Initiative

Today, CropLife International and its member companies have made a global, voluntary commitment to enable more public access to safety data related to its crop protection products. The initiative stems from the industry’s commitment to transparency, responsibility and sustainability. The press release is attached.

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Crop Protection News Item Mar 27, 2018

Pesticide Labeling Initiative to Help Farmers Tackle Pest Resistance

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Crop Protection News Item Mar 08, 2018

CropLife International’s Implementation Guide an Important Resource as the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress Enters into Force

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Plant Biotechnology News Item Mar 07, 2018