Trump Administration Proposes Easing Rules on Genetically Engineered Crops

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration would exempt many new genetically engineered crops from regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a broad overhaul of biotechnology rules announced on Wednesday.

The overhaul, which the department said would cut the cost of developing genetically engineered plants, would exempt crops with traits “similar in kind” to modifications that could be produced through traditional breeding techniques. Developers would be allowed to make a “self-determination” that their products are exempt from regulation.

The administration argues the approach will allow regulators to focus on “increasingly complex products which, in turn, may pose new types of risks.”

The USDA estimates the proposal would save developers an average of $3.6 million for each new genetically engineered crop, if the product isn’t also regulated by the Food & Drug Administration or Environmental Protection Agency. If another government agency also regulates the plant, the average savings would drop to $730,000.

“This common sense approach will ultimately give farmers more choices in the field and consumers more choices at the grocery store,” Greg Ibach, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, said in a statement.

The proposal replaces regulations the Obama administration proposed in January 2017 but the Trump administration later withdrew. The Agriculture Department said in the new regulatory proposal that comments on the Obama regulations indicated the requirements “would be too burdensome and had the potential to stifle innovation.”

The proposal would be the first significant revision of its biotechnology regulations since they were issued in 1987, the USDA said in a statement. The proposed rule will be open for public comment through Aug. 5 before the department issues a final regulation.

———

©2019 Bloomberg News

Visit Bloomberg News at www.bloomberg.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Agriculture

White House Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Rule Environment
White House Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Rule
September 13, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Thursday that it is repealing an  Obama-era clean water rule that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the repeal of the 2015... Read More

FOIA Doesn't Entitle Newspaper to Private Business Information Supreme Court
FOIA Doesn't Entitle Newspaper to Private Business Information
June 24, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the media and general public are not entitled to every bit of information a government body collects about private businesses. The underlying case came to the high court from South Dakota where the Argus Leader, a newspaper... Read More

Trump Administration Proposes Easing Rules on Genetically Engineered Crops Agriculture
Trump Administration Proposes Easing Rules on Genetically Engineered Crops

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration would exempt many new genetically engineered crops from regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a broad overhaul of biotechnology rules announced on Wednesday. The overhaul, which the department said would cut the cost of developing genetically engineered plants, would... Read More

Indiana Salmon Hatchery to Raise Nation’s First Genetically Modified Animal Cleared for Human Consumption Agriculture
Indiana Salmon Hatchery to Raise Nation’s First Genetically Modified Animal Cleared for Human Consumption

CHICAGO — On a winding road on the outskirts of a small Rust Belt town in eastern Indiana, a fish hatchery is poised to raise the country’s first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. AquaBounty Technologies, a Massachusetts-based... Read More

Neighbors Suing Over Pig Fumes Spur ‘Right-to-Farm’ Push Agriculture
Neighbors Suing Over Pig Fumes Spur ‘Right-to-Farm’ Push

WASHINGTON — Agriculture interests this year have successfully lobbied for a host of new state laws to protect farms from litigation over foul smells, loud noises and declining water quality. The push comes after years of nuisance lawsuits the agriculture industry blames for decimating some livestock... Read More

Trump Threatens to Cut Millions From Fire Departments in California After Deadly Wildfires Agriculture
Trump Threatens to Cut Millions From Fire Departments in California After Deadly Wildfires

WASHINGTON — Officials in California are crying foul over a Trump administration plan to slash firefighting assistance payments to the state, which could amount to millions of dollars in lost income for fire departments. The U.S. Forest Service, in turn, is accusing the local fire departments... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top