23 October 2017
CropLife Australia recognises the importance of plant breeding innovation (PBI). In most cases, innovations in plant breeding are improvements and refinements of traditional breeding methods used to optimise plant health, nutritional quality and yield.
In many cases, PBIs result in products that are similar to or indistinguishable at the genome level from products developed through traditional breeding methods. CropLife is concerned about the unnecessary regulation of products developed using PBIs based simply on the breeding technique employed and not the characteristics of the final product.
CropLife advocates that plants produced by PBIs which are indistinguishable or similar to plants developed through traditional breeding, or plants derived from natural variation in plant genomes, are regulated in the same way as conventionally bred plants.