Plant molecular farming: issues and challenges for Canadian regulators


Marie-France Huot, agr. M.Sc.


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Plant molecular farming (PMF) poses numerous technical and economic challenges for the Canadian regulatory system as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies using this method. This research report deals with the benefits and risks of PMF as regards drug production. In section 1, we review the definition and application of molecular farming, considering the plant species involved and the biopharmaceuticals synthesized. In sections 2 to 4 we discuss the regulatory frameworks for PMF in Canada, the United States and France. In section 5 we consider the technical and economic benefits of PMF. In section 6 we enumerate and explain the risks to human and animal health and the environment potentially engendered by this practice, and also address the methods available to attenuate these risks. Finally, in section 7, this report presents the opinions of farmers and consumers on this new technology.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.

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