Sixteen organizations in the Australia, Canada and the United States representing producers and millers together publicly confirmed support for innovation in wheat, including the future commercialization of biotechnology. The statement lays out shared commitments for the responsible advancement of biotech traits and other breeding advancements in wheat.
The signatories call for further innovation in research as wheat represents about 20% of human calorie intake, making it an essential part of the global diet and critical to food security. Advanced breeding and biotechnology will help protect the continued availability of wheat foods and «ultimately offers the promise of improved products, more sustainable production and environmental benefits», according to the statement.
US organizations signing onto the statement also include: American Farm Bureau Federation, North American Millers’ Association, Cereals Canada and Grain Producers Australia.