USDA green lights commercialization of GMO, drought-tolerant soybean

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Credit: MIT Technology Review

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has given its approval to Verdeca for HB4® drought tolerant soybeans which will allow for commercialization in the U.S. market. The USDA approval comes two years after the U.S. Food and Drug administration approved Verdeca’s HB4 trait in 2017.

With the USDA approval, the HB4 trait now has regulatory approval in more than 80 percent of the global soybean market. The HB4 trait has already been approved in Argentina in 2018 and in Brazil in 2019. Regulatory submissions are currently under consideration by China, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay. Import approval from China is needed for commercial launch in Argentina, and is now expected in 2020.

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