07 Jan 2021

AIC responds to Government’s gene editing consultation

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has responded positively to the Government’s announcement at the Oxford Farming Conference on 7 January of a consultation in England on gene editing of crops and livestock.

Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive of AIC, said: “The AIC warmly welcomes the launch of this Government consultation on gene editing in crops and livestock. We have long sought to support sustainable modern commercial agriculture in the UK and this is the opportunity for our members to put forward their views on this development in technology. We would encourage the industry at large to respond and we will certainly ensure that the voice of the agri-supply industry is heard, as we collectively help to shape the future of agriculture policy.”


About AIC

AIC is the UK trade association representing the agricultural supply chain sectors of Arable Marketing, Crop Protection and Agronomy, Feed, Fertiliser and Seeds, since its inception in 2003. In all, AIC represents members responsible for some £9 billion of farm trade. A significant part of its work is political lobbying and influencing as well as supporting members with technical information.

AIC Services, which is the professional services arm of AIC manages a range of services, including Assurance Schemes recognised by UK government as essential tools to underpin feed & food safety alongside fertiliser security.  Currently these include:


Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops


Feed Materials Assurance Scheme


Universal Feed Assurance Scheme


European Seed Treatment Assurance


Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme


Feed Adviser Register


Renewable Energy Directive


Forage Assurance Scheme


AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme


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