BIOTEC in conjunction with Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina hosted Argentina – Thailand Workshop on Biosafety and Food Security for Genetically Modified Crops on 25–27 November 2013 with an aim to exchange biosafety and food security issues, regulations and also policies for research and activities on genetically modified crops. The workshop consisted of one-day public, meetings with relevant government and academic organizations to exchange information and explore future collaboration.
A one-day public seminar on 25 November 2013 comprised presentations from both Thai and Argentine experts on past, present and future of agricultural biotechnology in Argentina and Thailand. Besides, other topics on the Argentine experience on GMO biosafety issues and regulations, socio-economic impact analysis of GM crops and public perception and science communication in modern biotechnology products were shared by Argentine experts. The research and development of GM crops in Argentina started in 1991. In 1996, Argentine Government approved the first commercial GM crop product. At present, Argentina’s GM crop plantation area reaches 23.7 million hectares, ranking third in the world. In the regulatory activities, the government plays an important role as a promoter of this new technology and gets the scientific community to participate in the regulatory activities. The first framework was announced in 1992 and has been continuously updated for microorganisms, GM animals, and GM crops. Lately, Argentina has provided technical assistance to other countries in the area of biosafety and regulatory framework. For more information on Argentine, please visit: http://188.8.131.52/site/agregado_de_valor/biotechnology/index.php.
Apart from the seminar, Argentine experts had an opportunity to visit and discuss on the problems and solutions and other research activities related to GM crops in Thailand with Biotechnology Research and Development Office, Department of Agriculture (DOA). In the round table discussion, BIOTEC as the secretariat of Thailand Technical Biosafety Committee and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentinaenvisioned further collaboration on the development of biosafety and policies for GM crops.
The Argentina – Thailand Workshop on Biosafety and Food Security for Genetically Modified Crops was sponsored by Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina under the Science and Technology Cooperation Program between Thailand and Argentina. This is a follow-up activity from the study visit of BIOTEC experts to Argentina on evaluation of biosafety and food security for GMO in 2011.
Posted on 29 November 2013