Today's Cotton Newsline is 4 cuts. All cuts are Keith Menchey, Manager of Environmental and Science Issues for the National Cotton Council.
Suggested Introduction 1:
Currently, nearly ninety percent of cotton, corn and soybean acreage in the United States is planted with seed varieties containing
biotechnology, and the United States is the largest producer and exporter of crops derived from biotechnology. Like pharmaceuticals, biotech traits have patents that expire. Once the patent expires, the product is considered to be "generic." Keith Menchey, Manager of Environmental and Science Issues for the National Cotton Council explains how this affects U.S. production agriculture and international trade.
Suggested Introduction 2:
The newly emerging generic market presents both opportunities and challenges.
Suggested Introduction 3:
Every country has biotech safety laws that have to be met, and every country requires that these traits undergo a regulatory review within their own country and meet their own standards according to Menchey.
Suggested Introduction 4:
To address the issue of international approvals, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the American Seed Trade Association have joined forces.