AC21 Decides Being Good Neighbors May Be Best Solution
The Advisory Committee on 21st Century Biotechnology in Agriculture – a group developed by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to see whether organic crop producers deserved compensation from genetically modified crop producers – is about to release a final report to Vilsack. Oklahoma Wheat Producer Keith Kisling says the groups has developed some key points. Some of those points include progress AC21 has made to identify solutions to improve coexistence. Also – AC21 has acknowledged biotechnology doesn’t create risks new to agriculture and has found no evidence justifying the establishment of a compensation program for producers of identity preserved crops. AC21 also believes its recommendations could benefit American ag as a whole through proactive outreach, education, research and good neighborly practices. The bottom line – according to Kisling – is farmers on both sides of the discussion want a non-regulatory solution – meaning being a good neighbor with other management practices could be the best solution to these different producers coexisting.