Today’s food and agriculture system faces unprecedented challenges, from climate change to a growing population, and rapidly evolving pests and diseases. Continued innovation in plant breeding and seed variety development are crucial to ensuring long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability. The seed industry is founded on innovation, and innovation is a part of everything we do – from plant breeding and seed treatments, to soil health and habitat restoration. Better seed means better life, for everyone.
The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) believes:
- The seed industry plays the essential role of developing and providing diverse, locally and broadly adapted, high-quality seed, enabling farmers to both increase agricultural productivity and conserve natural resources.
- Continued innovation in seed is critical to support environmental resiliency, ensure global food and nutritional security, and support farmer livelihoods.
- The collaborative development of science-based policies – which enable farmer access to seed innovations – is vital to ensuring a sustainable agriculture system.
You can read more about ASTA’s Views on Seed Sector Sustainability here.