Position Statements on Biotechnology
Australian Biotechnology: A National Strategy (2000)
In 2000, the Biotechnology Ministerial Council of Australia developed the National Biotechnology Strategy, which outlined the Government's vision and support for biotechnology. In the document, Australia's vision for biotechnology was stated as "consistent with safeguarding human health and ensuring environmental protection, that Australia capture the benefits of biotechnology for the Australian community, industry and the environment.
The strategy included sections on Australia's opportunity and challenge, biotechnology in the community, ensuring effective regulation, biotechnology in the community, Australian biotechnology in the global market, resources for biotechnology and maintaining momentum and coordination.
Biotechnology was said to be "a powerful enabling technology with applications that have the potential to revolutionize many industry sectors including agriculture, forestry, fishing, pharmaceuticals and health, chemicals, textiles, food processing, environmental industries, energy and mining.
Biotechnology Australia, along with its five member departments, will have the key role in implementing and evaluating the National Biotechnology Strategy and in coordinating and managing the government 's non-regulatory biotechnology activities.
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and Agricultural Organization
Society of African Scientists
United States of America
Biotechnology Advisory Committee
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