Stakeholder Involvement

Stakeholders in biosafety decision making are those interested in or affected by decisions regarding the use of GMOs. In addition to scientists and research directors, the term encompasses farmers and farm organizations, environmental groups, local landowners, consumer organizations, industry and trade organizations, seed suppliers, national and local authorities, and the like. Stakeholders and decision makers share the common goal of using biotechnology and GM products in such a way as to derive benefits that sufficiently outweigh potential detriments. The same can be said for the use of any technology, whether it is automobiles, vaccines, or electricity.

Stakeholder input is critical in drafting biosafety regulations and laws that are realistic and implementable and that take into account the most current credible information. Stakeholders can provide critical input into setting research priorities that focus on primary constraints in agriculture and food supply for which biotechnology is the most appropriate approach. They are also in a position to promote compliance with regulatory requirements and implementation of management plans (e.g., farmers charged with field surveillance).

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