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.
ASTA’s 2021 Strategic Plan adds Sustainability as a stand-alone pillar, with the following objective and corresponding goals:
Objective: Recognize the role of seed in sustainable agriculture as policies are developed in the public and private sectors at the local, national, and international levels.
Goal #1: Develop tools and educational resources that enable member companies to adopt, evaluate and share their sustainability practices.
Goal #2: Support development of flexible, science-based sustainable agriculture policies which enable seed sector innovation to meet new challenges, including priorities outlined across ASTA’s strategic pillars.
Goal #3: Working collaboratively with the greater agriculture value chain (including growers and retailers as well as food and feed industry stakeholders), position the seed industry as a sustainability enabler. Highlight sustainability messages within ASTA’s overall communications efforts.