We are pleased to announce GMCC-13, the sixth International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains, that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 12-15, 2013.
Agriculture is at the crossroads of the most important challenges of global development: demographic growth, food security and safety, water and environmental resources management, climatic change, energy resources and world trade. Its sustainable growth is therefore complex and calls for the pursuit of different approaches, both locally and worldwide.
Developments in farming systems, plant breeding and biotechnology and sustainable use of agricultural biological diversity, among others, allowed the growth and success of conventional, organic, GM and specialty crop production and more opportunities for stakeholders in the food supply chain, including more options for consumers.
These advances also gave rise to specific regulatory frameworks for their adoption and to stringent adjustments of segregation and monitoring procedures, which must accommodate an increasing number of new productions and an intricate map of ruling systems across the global marketplace. The resulting technical and economic challenges and solutions are the subject of coexistence search.
GMCC-13 is aimed at gathering academic and industry experts, regulators, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to discuss both specific and comprehensive coexistence topics. The preliminary program provides a list of topics to be covered.
We are looking very much forward to greeting you at GMCC-13.