Agricultural Biotechnology Council

The Agricultural Biotechnology Council (abc), comprising of six member companies, works with the food chain and research community to invest in a broad range of crop technologies – including conventional and advanced breeding techniques, such as GM.  These are designed to promote the sustainable intensification of agriculture by tackling challenges such as pests, diseases and changing climatic conditions, whilst reducing water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and other inputs.

The companies are BASF, Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta. Our goal is to provide factual information and education about the agricultural use of GM technology in the UK, based on respect for public interest, opinions and concerns. More information about each of our members can be found on this site.


Chair:               Mark Buckingham (Monsanto)

Deputy Chair:  Dr. Julian Little (Bayer CropScience)


abc is a also  member of:

  • EuropaBio - The voice of the biotechnology industry in Europe
  • SCIMAC - Which develops ways of carefully managing the introduction of GM crops in the UK

A Message from the Chair

Mark Buckingham, Chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council:

“2016 marks 20 years since the first genetically modified crops were grown on a commercial scale, and those 20 years have seen the technology taken up by more than 18 million farmers in 28 countries, with their GM feed underpinning the UK poultry, dairy and livestock industries. UK researchers also remain proudly at the cutting edge of plant breeding, developing innovations to help tackle the agricultural challenges of the next 20 years.”

“But significant challenges remain ahead. The world’s population is expected to peak at around 9 billion by 2050, requiring up to 60% more food. Farmers will need access to every tool in the toolbox to meet that challenge while limiting agricultures impact on valuable resources and biodiversity. This includes both GM technology as well as novel breeding techniques which offer a range of advantages not available from conventional breeding.”

“It’s crucial that stakeholders communicate both to policymakers and those who want to farm and eat more sustainably about the importance of an evidence and science-based approach to agricultural technologies to help meet the challenges we all face.”