ARA Co-Signs Group Comments to USDA on Biotech Proposed Regulations

On Aug. 2, ARA co-signed group comments addressed to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on proposed biotechnology regulations. ARA and the Agriculture Stakeholder Group support genetically engineered (GE) plant breeding and regulatory oversight and the USDA's departure from its previous "event-by-event" approach to regulating known, low-risk mechanism of action, according to the submitted comments.

"With the use of bioengineered seeds, our members produce safe foods, and raise healthier and more productive crops, while providing a broad array of environmental benefits to help meet long-term sustainability objectives," said the letter. "We hope that the final rule will have the effect of encouraging other countries to adopt GE plant varieties so that farmers across the globe can achieve the sustainability and yield benefits that American agriculture has achieved since the adoption of GE crops."

Read the comments submitted to USDA here.