Wheat Industry Statement Following Monsanto Wheat Research Announcement

July 14, 2009 Bookmark and Share

Wheat industry statement on Monsanto’s July 14 announcement regarding wheat research:

“The U.S. wheat industry welcomes the announcement today by Monsanto that it will restart its investment in research on development of biotechnology traits in wheat.

“The research challenges facing wheat are well known, as is the importance of this crop to world food supplies. This announcement comes at a time when basic research into agronomic improvements to wheat is critically needed.

“Over the past months and years, we have repeatedly voiced our support for biotechnology and outlined appropriate conditions for commercialization. We have also pressed trait providers to examine this issue carefully.

“The industry is pleased that Monsanto and other private technology providers, as well as publicly-funded institutions such as the Kansas Innovation Center for Advanced Plant Design and CSIRO in Australia, have recently announced new wheat research investments, and we urge other organizations to follow suit.”

For more, visit www.wheatworld.org/issues/biotech or contact NAWG Director of Communications Melissa George Kessler at 202-547-7800.