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Biotechnology

NAMA supports science that contributes to environmental stewardship, food safety, health and wellness. Biotechnology is one scientific tool that can improve food quality, safety and sanitation; increase production efficiency; advance sustainability; and help meet growing food demand. Read our Statement of Biotechnology.

A positive development was the June 2012 International Food Information Council’s (IFIC) release of the “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology” survey. The survey found that consumers support the use of food biotechnology when they consider potential benefits for reducing the impact of food and food production on the environment, and for improving sustainability. Go to the IFIC website to view an Executive Summary of the survey.

As crops are developed through biotechnology, it is imperative that technology providers develop a plan for risk assessment, risk management, and risk responsibility. Risk assessment includes development of adequate scientific data or documentation to evaluate the possible impact on existing food and feed processes and products should the crop get into the unintended grain stream.

Currently there is no biotech wheat in production. With wheat yield trend lines flat and wheat plantings losing ground to other crops, NAMA believes steps must be taken now to clear the way for the commercialization of biotech wheat as soon as possible. The development and introduction of biotech wheat is still years away. However, we are excited about the renewed interest and investment in wheat research by several technology firms. Their new research, both conventional and biotech, are the first substantial investments in wheat technology in years. Read our Position on Biotech Wheat .

Last updated June 2013

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