President Trump signs executive order that aims to streamline approvals for gene-edited and GMO crops, animals

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U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on [June 11] directing federal agencies to streamline the review process for agricultural biotechnology including genetically modified livestock and seeds.

The executive order, he said, would “speed up reviews of biotechnology so that farmers can get access to critical scientific advances faster and reap the full benefits of American innovation for many years into the future.”

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The White House said in a statement the order “will help eliminate delays, reduce developer costs and provide greater certainty about the review process for farmers.”

The order directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to work together on “common sense regulations and to develop awareness and education programs to gain acceptance of new technologies by consumers and global trading partners,” the National Pork Producers Council said.

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