NAWG and other agricultural groups wrote President Barack Obama this week, commending him for his Administration’s support of agricultural technology in the recently-released National Bioeconomy Blueprint.
The groups said the Blueprint indentified several important objectives to strengthen the bioeconomy, including reducing regulatory barriers to new technology and continuing to focus on a science-based regulatory process.
“By reducing these barriers and assuring the regulatory review process is science-based, predictable and collaborative, your Blueprint will provide an effective incentive to technology developers to invest the resources necessary to bring safe and valuable innovations to the marketplace,” the groups wrote.
“We are especially encouraged by the emphasis on the existing role and potential for agriculture technology to contribute to a stronger, more secure economy.”
In releasing the plan last month, the Administration said the bioeconomy was important to both job creation and economic growth and tackling significant challenges in the areas of agriculture, health, energy and environmental preservation.
The plan outlined five objectives, including supporting research and development; facilitating transitions of discoveries from the lab to market; reforming regulations to increase regulatory speed and predictability while reducing costs; modifying training programs to meet current economic needs; and developing public-private partnerships.
With regards to agricultural biotechnology, the Blueprint described the need to build on existing successes with biotech-enabled crops and energy development, saying that in 2010, revenues from genetically modified plants and microbes alone were estimated to account for approximately $300 billion, equivalent to more than 2 percent of total U.S. gross domestic product.
More on the National Bioeconomy Blueprint is at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/04/26/national-bioeconomy-blueprint-released.
The letter sent by ag groups this week is available in full at www.wheatworld.org/biotech.