|[November 16, 2012]
Agriculture Industry Trade Groups, Stakeholders Make Progress in Developing a Framework for the Seed Marketplace
DES MOINES, Iowa --(Business Wire)--
American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the Biotechnology
Industry Organization (BIO) announced on November 15, 2012
that the Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement (GEMAA) - the
first step in developing an industry
Accord to establish a framework for post-patent single trait
seeds - is now effective. The following reaction should be attributed to
Chuck Larson, executive director of Americans for Choice and Competition
in Agriculture (AgChoice):
"AgChoice applauds ASTA, BIO and the five initial signatories for the
completion of part one of an industry Accord that will establish a
framework for competition after biotechnology traits go off patent. This
is a positive development for an industry facing more than 10 biotech
seed traits set to expire in the next decade.
"We look forward to continued progress on the Accord process."
To schedule an interview with Chuck Larson, contact Lindsay Murphy at
Americans for Choice and Competition in Agriculture (AgChoice) informs
key stakeholders about the challenges to innovation and how increased
competition in the multi-trait seed marketplace would unleash a wave of
American innovation to boost U.S. economic growth, grow exports, and
solve the looming global food crisis. For more information, visit http://agchoice.org.
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