NAWG exploring grower attitudes toward biotech
January 09, 2009
by Josh Sosland
WASHINGTON — Wheat growers nationwide are being asked in a survey for their opinions about introducing wheat with bioengineered traits. The National Association of Wheat Growers has commissioned the survey, which seeks "to measure and document the level of support for biotech trait commercialization among wheat growers." Uncertainty about how bioengineered wheat would be received in the marketplace has been an impediment to its introduction, though the focus generally has been on acceptance by foreign wheat buyers and the processed food industry. Still, the possibility that growers could show resistance has been raised from time to time. Darren Coppock, president of the NAWG, said the survey will help address that question. "The petition is designed to document the depth and breadth of support for biotechnology among wheat produces," he said. "Anecdotally, we’re convinced the support is there. This petition will either confirm or confront that belief. By reading the petition and responding with their support, growers can help our industry show biotech companies that they are smart to make the commitment of time and resources and bring this tool to growers."