Report released on February 28, 2005 at a Congressional Briefing in Washington DC:
Safeguarding the future of U.S. agriculture: The need to conserve threatened collections of crop diversity worldwide by Calvin O. Qualset and Henry L. Shands.
This document consists of 45 text pages and 12 pages of introductory material including an executive summary. It was published by GRCP on behalf of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and is available here as the full document in Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) portable document format (pdf). Acrobat Reader is available from Adobe Systems Incorporated as a free download.
The report points to deteriorating conditions in the worlds
crop genebanks as a major threat to U.S. agriculture, which is
already losing at least $20 to $33 billion each year to plant
pests and disease. A potential solution, highlighted in the report,
lies in the newly created Global Crop Diversity Trust, an independent,
international organization, established in 2004 to support crop
diversity conservation over the long term. Initiated by the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Consultative