Endorsement of Promoting Innovation in Seed and Crop Plant Development:
The National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) endorsed the American Seed Trade Association's (ASTA) statement "Promoting Innovation in Seed and Crop Plant Development". NAPB endorsed the statement, specifically highlighting the need for uniform, science-based standards for regulating new technology in order to maintain genetic improvement of food, feed, fiber, shelter, and greenspace while protecting the environment and insuring food security. Such technologies should be size neutral and available to public breeders and other public scientists. NAPB felt that principles articulated in ASTA's statement should be extended to vegetatively propagated crops.