SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI - The National Corn Growers Association is monitoring the positive negotiations that took place at a recent international conference on biotechnology. Progress made during the fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity, emphasizing the importance of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Protocol on Liability and Redress will help ensure transboundary movement of living modified organisms (LMOs), protect biological diversity and maintain international trade.

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Protocol establishes international rules and procedures for liability and redress if damage to biological diversity were ever to occur from LMOs. The established protocol will keep international trade flowing freely and allow the LMOs necessary to meet growing world demand.

"Farmers care about conservation and biological diversity," said Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team Chair Chad Blindauer, a farmer from Mitchell, S.D. "It is important that the rules and procedures established through the protocol provided a workable system to address any damage to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity."

NCGA further acknowledges the importance of the work done at the meeting creating consensus on a number of other articles of the biosafety protocol this week, including recognition that existing documentation systems are working for shipments of LMOs for food, feed and further processing. The sixth meeting of the parties will take place in India in 2012.

SOURCE: National Corn Growers Association