Fan-Li Chou, Biotechnology Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spoke on a panel about the Critical Rome of the Enabling Environment at the International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers that was held at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on November 21, 2018.
“As a government entity, at USDA we don’t pick and choose what’s good – what’s bad,” said Chou. “We just tell you what’s useful. In the U.S. we always say we have a big umbrella: we have organic agriculture, we have conventional agriculture, we have biotech agriculture. They all coexist with each other. It is up to our farmers to decide what they want to do. We have big farmers, we have small farmers, we have local farmers. It’s about providing the tools and letting people choose, and making sure the tools are safe.”