18 September 2012 -- A joint initiative of AusBiotech, CropLife Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation and the National Farmers’ Federation has today launched the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) to act as a national representative organisation for agricultural biotechnology.
ABCA has been established to help shape a new era for Australian agriculture by encouraging informed debate on biotechnology through the dissemination of credible, balanced, science-based information.
Through the creation and sharing of research and knowledge, ABCA’s work aims to place biotechnology and gene technology into context as another invaluable innovation for Australian agriculture; ensuring that science guides public policy for the future of farming in Australia.
Dr Anna Lavelle, CEO of AusBiotech, has been appointed a non-executive Director of ABCA to extend AusBiotech’s work in supporting the development of the agricultural biotechnology sector in Australia.
Dr Lavelle said: “Biotechnology provides benefits to both farmers and consumers and important improvements are helping farmers to protect their crops from pests, diseases and droughts to provide consumers with increased yields which help to ensure a plentiful and low cost supply of food.”
“Biotechnology innovations ensure that Australian farmers can supply food, while reducing the environmental foot print of agriculture through reduced use of pesticides and other environmental contaminants.”
The Chair of ABCA, Claude Gauchat, said: “As the world’s farming sector seeks to double production to meet the food and nutritional requirements of the growing global population, we have a moral imperative to encourage and develop all potential tools and technologies that will aid farmers in producing more with less, sustainably.”
ABCA was officially launched today, at the House of Representatives Alcove at Parliament House in Canberra as part of Science Meets Parliament Week.
AusBiotech is Australia's biotechnology industry organisation working on behalf of over 3,000 members in the areas of human health, medical devices, food technology, agriculture, environmental and industrial biotechnology, for more than 25 years. AusBiotech is dedicated to the development, growth and prosperity of the Australian biotechnology industry.
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