An open letter to the UN, G-20, and National Governments on COVID-19 and Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security

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Publication in English of a book dedicated to Genome Editing and written by members of the French Academy of Agriculture, entitled:

GMOs and Genome Edited Organisms (GEOs): regulatory and geopolitical challenges

see the link on the “News and comments from UEAA Members

20 4 20

The French Academy of Agriculture (A A F) publishes a Position Paper on “Genome editing, ethics and trust”, in the context of cultivated plants and trees and farm animals

The Recommendations of the position paper of the French Académie

+ Point of view of some Academicians “Genome editing, ethics and trust” Biotechnologies, necessary and essential tools for our future

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OBITUARY – Professor Michele Stanca

It is with great sadness that the UEAA steering committee announces that Professor Michele Stanca, President of the UEAA, Vice President of the Accademia dei Georgofili (Italy) passed away on Thursday 19th March 2020, victim of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

20 3 20

European Citizens’ Initiative: sign the Green Biotech Petition

The future of using biotechnology tools to develop agriculture has never been darker in the European Union (EU).

20 3 20

“With great sadness I announce you that Professor Franco Scaramuzzi, founder of UEAA, UNASA and Honorary President of Accademia dei Georgofili, passed away on Monday 6th January 2020”

Michele Stanca

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Conference Plant Health: one world and one Health

Paris , 28 January 2020. Organized by the French Academy of Agricuture
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U E A A 2019 Steering Committee Meeting
6th and 7th December 2019
Czech Academy of Agricultural Science – Prague

19 11 19

Distingushed Presidents,
please, find attached a preliminary program and a flyer for the IBGS13 and diseeminate it among your Academics.
Warm regards, Michele

04 11 19

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International Scientific Conference, Wheat in European countries and Georgia as one of the origin of wheat, October 02-04, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia

26 10 19

The Veterinary Academy of France position paper on Genome Editing in domestic animals, unanimously voted for it at its General Assembly in Paris, 20 June 2019.

22 7 19

Dear All,
this to inform you that the Annual Opening Cerimony of the Accademia dei Georgofili will take place in Palazzo Vecchio Firenze on 5th april 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Warm regards, Michele

25 3 19

UEEA position paper on Genome Editing, unanimously voted for it during the meeting in Florence 22-23 november 2018

The UEAA observes that the opinion issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 25 July 2018 on the status of mutagenesis puts at risk the use, in the European Union, of new plant breeding techniques (NPBT), including genome editing, by subjecting them to the same GMO directive as plants derived from transgenesis.

The capacity of innovation of European breeders and seed producers as well as their world leadership position is being jeopardized. It is also significantly increasing the risk of EU dependency upon large agricultural countries that invest heavily in these very promising new technologies.

In order for European breeders, public and private, to be able to access genome editing technologies, the UEAA requests the European Commission to urgently clarify that plants resulting from conventional techniques of mutagenesis are excluded from the GMO legislation , and that in light of cumulative scientific information now available regarding their safety, plants which have undergone small DNA changes obtained through genome editing must also be excluded from the provisions of the GMO legislation. For the long term, the UEAA calls for a new GMO directive adapted to modern breeding techniques and enabling science-based evaluation of new plant varieties.

The UEAA supports the joint proposal of WGG (Wissenschaftlerkreis Grüne Gentechnik) and AFBV (Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales) to set up a validation process allowing a developer to submit to a European competent authority basic information on any plant derived from genome editing to determine its regulatory status: excluded from, or subject to, GMO legislation. Under the WGG-AFBV proposal the following product categories would not be considered as GMOs: (i) null segregants, (ii) deletions regardless of size, (iii) substitution of a single nucleotide pair, and (iv) cisgenes. Countries such as the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Japan have already begun to put in place a very similar specific process that leads to the same type of exclusions.

For the UEAA, these safeguards for new plant breeding techniques must be implemented urgently to prevent European research from accumulating delays in plant improvement that are necessary to reduce the use of plant protection products, adapt crops to climate change, and increase food security.

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Excellent meeting in Florence on 22-23rd November 2018

New President : Professore Michele Stanca (Accademia dei Georgofili, Florence, Italy)

Full report will be posted later.

At this stage :

Congratulations and Good luck to Professore Michele Stanca,

signed : Past President Professeur Michel Thibier

25 November 2018

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from the UEAA Italian Vice President about the next UEAA General Assembly and scientific meeting in Florence

“I am more than happy to invite all members of UEAA to our next meeting in Florence, on 22-23 November2018.
Please fill the registration form here attached and have a look on that interesting program”. Your faithfully M Stanca, Vice President of the UEAA

pdf Registration form – Deadline: 29 October 2018 (PDF, 437 kB)
pdf Program 2018 Florence (PDF, 173 kB)

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