Soy producers around the globe discuss biotech, more in China

Farm Forum

The International Soy Grower Alliance (ISGA) held its second mission to China recently, where discussion focused on delays in biotechnology trait approvals, among other soy issues.

The ISGA is comprised of growers and industry representatives from countries that supply more than 90 percent of the world’s soybean production. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Paraguay, Uruguay and the United States share a commitment to meet the rapidly increasing world demand for quality and healthy soy products produced in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.

American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan participated in the weeklong meetings in Beijing, where he said having the soy exporting countries come together, sent a strong message.

“We had an excellent week in China with ISGA. It started on Tuesday (April 21) with a forum to present the white paper on the effects of delays in new technological events,” Cowan said.

During the meeting, Cowan and other ISGA members split into groups to meet with Chinese agencies and businesses.

“ISGA is growing stronger and more confident in its ability to affect change,” Cowan said. “The soybean exporting countries through ISGA are united in improving the freedom to operate, and increasing the tools available for soybean growers everywhere. We share these common goals and will increase our coordination and cooperation.”