ASTA Statement on NAS GE Report

  • On May 18, 2016
  • ASTA, crops, LaVigne, NAS

Alexandria, Va.—May 18, 2016—American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andrew LaVigne made the following statement regarding the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experience and Prospects:


“We’re pleased the NAS has taken the time to perform a thorough, scientific review of genetically engineered (GE) crops.  Their findings reinforce what we’ve known all along: GE crops are safe. 


“ASTA is thoroughly reviewing the study.  However, we are concerned that the committee did not sufficiently recognize the role that plant breeding’s long history of safety has played in bringing new and improved seed varieties to the marketplace.  The evolution of plant breeding is the foundation of America’s safe, nutritious and diverse food supply.  New plant breeding methods build upon our strong history of innovation, and will help meet the challenges faced by agriculture in an efficient and sustainable manner. 


“It is imperative that both public and private plant breeders and seed companies of all sizes have the opportunity to employ new and evolving breeding methods in the future, without being hindered by overly-burdensome regulations.  Continued innovation and the improvement of breeding methods are paramount to the future of agriculture and our quality of life.”