Innovation Revolution – International Players Share Latest Crop Science Advances at 3rd Annual Canadian Global Crops Symposium

Winnipeg, Manitoba (April 08, 2016) — Over 200 delegates from across Canada, the U.S. and overseas will gather at the Fairmont Winnipeg this week to hear from some of the top minds in global crop innovation – how it’s evolving, the resulting potential, and whether the latest developments will fuel or quell consumer misgivings about the underlying science.

“The timing could not be better for industry to come together and discuss the opportunities and challenges afforded by what many in today’s society view as a political hot potato”, said Tyler Bjornson, President of the Canada Grains Council. “Who better to address this topic than opening speaker, Jesus Madrazo, Global Corporate Engagement Lead for Monsanto Inc.” Since the development of the first GM seeds around the turn of the millennium, Monsanto has continued to employ innovative plant breeding practices to develop both GM and non-GM seeds, while advancing solutions to help farmers sustainably produce food for a growing world. Monsanto has been recognized for its commitment to the environment, increasing transparency, and engaging in open conversations about how food gets from farm to table.

Beginning with one of the world’s most established life science companies, the Symposium will conclude with one of its newest faces. Founded in 2001, Cibus is best known for advancing Rapid Trait Development System (RTDS™), its proprietary technology for breeding plants that are not considered ‘transgenic’ (the key attribute of GM crops). Dr. Jim Radtke, Vice President of Product Development at Cibus LLC, will reflect on this game changing advance along with the launch of Cibus’ first non-transgenic commercial crop, SU Canola™.

Over the course of the Symposium, participants will explore the next generation of crop and food sector innovation as well as the regulatory and societal impediments to getting the fruits of our industry’s efforts into the hands of farmers and consumers around the world. The Symposium runs from April 11-13th at the Fairmont Winnipeg. For more information, visit www.canadiancrops.ca or contact:
Karen Roblin
Canada Grains Council
(204)-228-7873 or karenroblin@shaw.ca