USDA Won’t Regulate Genome-Edited Crops

The USDA issued a release this past week stating that the agency does not have any plans to regulate plants that have been genome-edited… What the USDA is doing here is drawing a line in the sand: if a plant (or whatever) is altered by adding genes from some unrelated plant, it’ll be regulated. If no other plant is involved, you can mess around in the genome of your subject however much you want, without oversight. Plants that would thus qualify for regulation-free modification include those edited with a process usually referred to as CRISPR, or gene editing.

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Environmentalist Petitions India’s Court for GMO Moratorium

GMO India: Supporters of Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), protest against genetically modified mustard outside the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The ministry had earlier made public an all clear report given to genetically modified mustard by a technical body which also said that it was fit for consumption. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Supporters of Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), protest against genetically modified mustard outside the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. The ministry had earlier made public an all clear report given to genetically modified mustard by a technical body which also said that it was fit for consumption. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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EU Rejects GM Maize Use

By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
In the wake of lobbying by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), the European Parliament has rejected GMO maize use in its member states. This is the fifth time in a year that they’ve rejected maize. Member states will likely vote on the issue next month. Continue reading “EU Rejects GM Maize Use”