Israel is known around the world for its breakthroughs in technological innovation, and it may soon be known for its cannabis strains as well: the first (documented) shipment of cannabis seeds from Israel to Canada arrived at its destination last week.
The shipment contains a variety of medical cannabis seeds that will be used for therapeutic purposes in the Canadian market, which was one of the first to allow the use of cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes.
The seeds were developed by Israel-based Agri-tech company BetterSeeds, which uses gene editing technology, including the well-known CRISPR gene editor, to develop new strains of cannabis seeds.
These are fully stable and uniform hybrid cannabis seeds, which the company says are the first of their kind in the world. As such, the company expects them to greatly increase reproducibility, standardization and high quality of raw material within the Canadian market and for the entire medical cannabis industry.
“The seeds shipped to Canada are unique,” said Ido Margalit, founder and CEO of BetterSeeds. “We anticipate that they will revolutionize both the cannabis cultivation process and product standards in Canada, as our cannabis seeds are 100% stable and uniform.”
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How was BetterSeeds export made possible?
The international export of cannabis seeds was recently made possible following an extensive campaign by the Medical Cannabis Seed Forum, spearheaded by Margalit, to amend Israeli government decision 4490 to include the export abroad of cannabis seeds from Israel.
The amendment opened an important economic channel for the Israeli seed industry, positioning Israel as a world leader in developments and innovation in the seed industry, as well as in the cannabis industry in general.
“This export is a real achievement for us and was made possible after BetterSeeds spearheaded the law change in Israel to allow the export of cannabis seeds,” Margalit noted.
This is not BetterSeeds’ first international shipment: earlier this year, Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported the first export of hemp seeds, destined for the United States. The company is expected to expand its operations to other markets in the coming months, hoping to minimize the growing pains of the burgeoning global cannabis industry by developing and supplying uniform and stable strains of cannabis.
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