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Biotech and Seed Industry Groups Form Agricultural Innovation Initiative

The Innovature Initiative from the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and the American Seed Trade Association will initially focus on gene editing

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) have launched Innovature, a new platform that will focus on food and agricultural innovation. 

The effort will initially spotlight gene editing. 

“There is too much at stake as a society today not to have an open and transparent conversation about how gene editing in plants, animals, and microbes can help address growing global challenges, such as climate change, sustainability, and hunger,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO president and CEO in a news release. “We look forward to engaging a number of voices in Innovature moving forward.”

“Through Innovature and other efforts, we aim to go beyond one-directional communication to engage key influencers in a dialogue around shared values,” said Andy LaVigne, ASTA president and CEO in a news release. “Our goal is to cultivate broad-based partnerships in order to fully realize the potential of evolving innovation in plant and animal breeding for the benefit of our health, our planet, and our food.”

The aim of Innovature is to be a resource for those interested in learning more about and engaging in a conversation around the benefits of innovation in food and agriculture, according to ASTA and BIO officials. Currently, the platform is focused on gene editing, but it will grow to incorporate additional innovations in food and agriculture as they develop, officials for both groups say. 

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