G8 Supports Biotech Role Globally

Leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrial nations, meeting in Hokkaido, Japan at their annual summit last week, agreed to work to increase global agricultural yields by providing growers with greater access to seed varieties developed through biotechnology.

Addressing global food security, the G8 leaders said that as part of their efforts to address food security and poverty, they would "accelerate research and development and increase access to new agricultural technologies to boost agricultural production," and "promote science-based risk analysis including on the contribution of seed varieties developed through biotechnology."

The G8 leaders also agreed to form a global partnership on agriculture and food, which would include the governments of developing countries, the private sector, civil society groups, international donors, and multilateral institutions.

The G8 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

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