Seed industry, farmers ‘pleased’ with proposed USDA genetic engineering rules

| | January 20, 2017
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Editor’s note: The comment period for these regulations — as well as those proposed by the FDA — opened on Jan. 19 in an apparent attempt to coordinate oversight of gene editing. The comment period runs through May 19. Read the USDA’s proposal here.

[T]he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency released a pre-published document that proposes to revise its regulations around genetically engineered organisms.

“We’re pleased that USDA’s proposal recognizes that some applications of gene editing result in plant varieties that are essentially equivalent to varieties that are developed through more traditional breeding methods, and treats these varieties accordingly,” says Andy LaVigne, American Seed Trade Association president and CEO.

[The National Corn Growers Association] released a statement: “Corn farmers have a strong interest in the availability of new technologies to enhance the sustainability, productivity and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture. …The documents published indicate that, in large part, federal agencies agree with the basis of our stance and strive to create a more efficient regulatory process allowing growers greater access to new products.”

In tandem with USDA’s proposal, FDA has announced plans to solicit comments on new plant varieties developed through gene editing techniques…FDA acknowledges….that some applications of gene editing result in plants that could be developed through more traditional breeding methods.

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