AgBiotech and Trade

Biotech crops help farmers increase the production of grains, oilseeds and fiber while better adapting to the effects of climate change, such as drought, flooding, and unpredictable weather patterns and the accompanying pests. They also allow growers to more efficiently use limited natural resources. To help ensure global food and nutrition security, as well as affordable food, international trade of all agriculture goods must flow safely and efficiently from the markets they’re produced to the places where they’re needed.

However, due to differing national regulations for agricultural biotechnology products, the introduction of each new biotech crop raises the potential for trade disruptions. The two primary regulatory challenges to smooth international trade of biotech crops are asynchronous approvals and low-level presence (LLP).

Asynchronous Approvals
Low-level Presence