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USDA to Speed Through GMO Labeling Rule

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to finalize GMO disclosure standards within a nine-month time frame, what Politico calls a breakneck pace for any rulemaking. USDA in that timeframe will go from proposing the regulation to finalizing the rules. That includes a likely three-month comment period, revisions, and White House approval, a process that also takes about three months. A …

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USDA Investigating Unapproved GE Petunias

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release, Nursery crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services is investigating imported unapproved genetically modified petunias. USDA says the GE petunias produce various hues of orange, red and purple colored flowers. The petunias have been imported into the U.S. from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America, as well as the countries of Australia, Israel and Mexico, and …

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Canada Defeats GMO Labeling Bill

Dan Genetically Modified, Industry News Release

Members of Canada’s Parliament defeated a GMO labeling bill last week. The bill was handed a landslide defeat, with 67 members voting yes, and 216 voting no. The bill would have mandated GMO labeling in Canada. Online food industry publication FoodNavigator-USA reports the bill specified that Canada’s Food and Drugs Act be amended to say “No person shall sell any …

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FDA to Address Agricultural Biotechnology Misinformation

Dan Biotechnology, Genetically Modified, Industry News Release

Included in a budget deal to avert a government shutdown is funding for the Food and Drug Administration for consumer outreach and education regarding agricultural biotechnology. The Washington Post reports the money is to be used to tout “the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian impacts” of biotech crops and their final food products. The bill includes $3 million …

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USDA Proposes Revisions to Genetic Engineering Policy

Dan Genetically Modified, Legislative 48 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise regulations (7 CFR Part 340) regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The update to the regulations is in response to advances in genetic engineering and the accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as to …

Adoption of Genetically Engineered Alfalfa, Canola, and Sugarbeets in the United States

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by Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo, Seth Wechsler, and Daniel Milkove, USDA Economic Research Service What Is the Issue? Genetically engineered (GE) varieties of corn, soybeans, and cotton with herbicide-tolerant and/or insect-resistant traits were commercially introduced in the United States in 1996. Twenty years later, most corn, cotton, and soybean farmers use these varieties, and the impacts of adoption have been widely documented. By …

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New York Times Claims GM Crops Offer No Benefit

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A study by the New York Times claims genetically modified crops offer no significant yield benefit and lead to increased herbicide use. An article published over the weekend by the New York Times says: “Genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical …

APHIS Extends Status to Two GE Potatoes

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) extended deregulation to two lines of genetically engineered (GE) potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Company for late blight resistance, low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars on October 28, 2016.  APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these GE traits in other GE potatoes.

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Cargill Announces Non-GMO Project Verified Ingredients

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Collaboration between most-recognized non-GMO seal and supply-chain leader to boost non-GMO ingredient availability As demand for non-GMO food rises, Cargill has for the first time taken the step to gain Non-GMO Project Verification for three of its food ingredients. Cargill’s erythritol, cane sugar and high oleic sunflower oil are now Non-GMO Project Verified and commercially available. Cargill took this action …