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Evolution of the Crop Protection Industry since 1960

A high level of investment from the crop protection industry to research and develop new products has led to a continual improvement in both the effectiveness and safety profile of pesticides, according to a new report. The study, commissioned by CropLife International, was undertaken by Phillips McDougall, crop protection and seed industry analysts.

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Crop Protection Document Nov 20, 2018

Framework for Assessing the Environmental Safety of Microbial Pesticides

This document is intended to provide a framework for how to assess the environmental safety of microbial pesticides. This is intended to aid company internal decision-making regarding safety but does not assess what is required to gain regulatory approval in any particular country.

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Crop Protection Guidance Nov 05, 2018

Framework for Assessing the Human Safety of Microbial Pesticides

This document is intended to provide a framework for how to assess the human safety of microbial pesticides. This is intended to aid company internal decision-making regarding safety but does not assess what is required to gain regulatory approval in any particular country.

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Crop Protection Guidance Nov 05, 2018

Statement: International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology

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Plant Biotechnology Document Nov 05, 2018

Tackling Counterfeit and Illegal Pesticides Around the World

CropLife regions are focused on promoting information linkages across borders on the trade of illegal pesticides. We are also developing international consensus and momentum with law enforcement to tackle the issue of counterfeits and in providing facts to their trans-national investigations. Among intergovernmental institutions we promote the full enforcement of existing legislation and improvements in legislation (especially for penalties) to target the growing trade in counterfeit and illegal pesticides.

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Crop Protection Infographic Oct 24, 2018

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Transit and Contained Use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs)

There exists extensive international, regional and national guidance and regulations for the handling, storage, containment measures, waste management, transport, packaging and identification of biological organisms under contained use, including LMOs, and the majority of Parties have existing provisions regulating the transit and contained use of LMOs already established in their national legislation. As such, the Global Industry Coalition (GIC) considers any new work on these issues under the Cartagena Protocol for Biosafety (Protocol) as duplicative and unnecessary, and likely to create conflicting requirements for countries with national regulations already in place. The GIC therefore supports the draft decision on this issue for consideration at COP/MOP-9 that reminds Parties of their obligations to share information and existing guidance relating contained use of LMOs on the Biosafety Clearing-house (BCH).

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Plant Biotechnology Document Oct 18, 2018

Cartagena Protocol On Biosafety Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress (N-KL SP)

CropLife International supports ratification of the NKL-SP and congratulates those countries that have ratified it and are working toward its implementation. The NKL-SP is a positive tool providing the framework of a workable system that can contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. In support of this international instrument, CropLife International has developed one of the only capacity building tools available to Parties – the CropLife International N-KL SP Implementation Guide – to provide implementation assistance. CropLife International thus supports the draft decision on liability and redress under the Convention on Biological Diversity (Convention) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Protocol) and recommends that Parties focus ongoing work targeted toward timely and complete implementation of the N-KL SP. However, we also caution against undertaking any new work that would duplicate efforts completed and issues considered during its negotiation.

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Plant Biotechnology Document Oct 18, 2018

Fall Armyworm Position Paper

CropLife International’s position paper on Fall Armyworm and how to manage it effectively.

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Position Paper Oct 16, 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.  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.

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Plant Biotechnology Document Oct 05, 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 October 2018.

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Plant Biotechnology Document Oct 05, 2018

The Challenges Facing Agriculture and the Plant Science Industry in the EU

A new report from Agbioinvestor shows how regulation on biotechnology and pesticides has left EU farmers at a competitive disadvantage, while the world’s major farm markets continue to thrive.

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Global Issues Document Sep 04, 2018

Leading the Vision – Stewardship in the Plant Science Industry – Issue 10

A bi-annual newsletter highlighting stewardship activities in the global CropLife network.

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Global Issues Document Aug 27, 2018

Site Directed Nucleases (SDN) for targeted genome modification

Various tools can be used to achieve targeted DNA double strand break, which are collectively under the term “site directed nucleases” (SDNs), pointing out the general principle of the technology to use a DNA cutting enzyme (nuclease) for the generation of the targeted (i.e., site directed) double strand break facilitating targeted genome modification. This document is intended to serve as a reference for characterizing various technical outcomes of SDN as either “SDN-1”, “SDN-2” or “SDN-3”, categorizing them by the mechanism of the DNA repair process and the respective outcome.

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Plant Biotechnology Position Paper Aug 07, 2018

Effective Management of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)

Crop protection products are designed to protect crops from insects, diseases and weeds. They do so by controlling pests that infect, consume or damage crops. Some products are highly toxic in order to control a group of specific pests or highly threatening diseases. Risk assessment and management identify the appropriate uses for crop protection products and promote stewardship measures for their responsible use.

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Crop Protection Document Aug 07, 2018

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