Agricultural innovation continues to develop rapidly, benefiting farmers who are able to grow more and better crops using fewer inputs and natural resources. As governments around the world work to determine how to regulate these ever-evolving technologies, MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, is encouraging countries to adopt science-based policies to prevent disruptions to trade. Continue reading
Good morning, everyone. It is my great honor and privilege to provide the opening comments at this prestigious Global Agribusiness Forum. We can all look forward to two days of stimulating and thought-provoking presentations and discussions. The scope of the sessions and topics speak to the title of our meeting – Science from the field to the benefit of the planet. Continue reading
U.S. farmer-leaders met with their counterparts from Argentina and Brazil to discuss the upcoming priorities for MAIZALL, the international maize alliance, during meetings this July in Brazil.
MAIZALL members discussed agricultural policies and the status of biotech approvals in each of their respective countries, agreeing to reinforce MAIZALL’s efforts to promote safety assessment sharing. The alliance also discussed delays of biotech approvals in corn-importing countries, including China and the European Union, in addition to new market access obstacles associated with maximum residue levels (MRLs) on crop protection products. Continue reading
MAIZALL, the International Maize Alliance, points out that the findings of a study released by the Informa Agribusiness Consulting Group demonstrate that the persistent delays in China’s agricultural biotechnology regulatory process hinders North and South American farmers’ access to new biotechnology products. The result is adverse costs in the loss of thousands of jobs and billions in economic output. Continue reading
MAIZALL coordinator, Benno van der Laan was a guest speaker at a conference on biosafety in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 24 and 25, 2018. The conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the African Biosafety Network of Expertise brought together many African stakeholder organizations active in agricultural biotechnology. Continue reading