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European countries vote against genetically modified crops

Several European Union governments on Monday voted against the cultivation of three genetically modified maize strains developed by Syngenta, Monsanto and Pioneer. Sixteen countries voted against authorizing two GM strains manufactured by Syngenta and Dow, while 14 voted against the Monsanto trait. Despite the number of countries voting against the GM crops, the bloc failed […]

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Study warns U.S. regulatory system could be ‘overwhelmed’ by new advances in biotechnology

By Randy Gordon, President A new study finds that the profusion and diversity of new biotechnology products expected to be introduced during the next five to 10 years could “overwhelm” the U.S. regulatory system. The 177-page report, issued March 9 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS), found that the U.S. Environmental […]

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USDA must consider supply chain when crafting GMO labels, says University of Missouri economist

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still working on crafting a labeling system mandated by the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which charges the agency’s Agricultural Marketing Service with developing a mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material in food products. During a panel […]

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USDA extends comment period for biotech regulatory review rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the comment period for its proposed rule that would revise regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. In January, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several proposals regarding the U.S. government’s […]

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NGFA emphasizes importance of engaging with trading partners as USDA proposes new biotech regulatory review policies

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 18, 2017 — In response to today’s release of proposals regarding the U.S. government’s pre-market regulatory oversight of genetically engineered plants, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) emphasized the importance of working to achieve consistent regulatory policies globally for products of the latest plant breeding methods to avoid costly disruptions in […]

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NGFA reviews report on asynchronous biotech approvals

NGFA’s Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Bobby Frederick represented the grain and feed industry in a panel on Dec. 8 to discuss the new eight-page literature survey report issued by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) on the impact of asynchronous approvals of biotech crops on ag sustainability, trade and innovation. […]

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U.S. government’s latest talks with China on agricultural biotechnology prove disappointing

By Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media; and Max Fisher, Director of Economics and Government Affairs The U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) talks that took place Thanksgiving week failed to make progress in promoting a more synchronous approach to crop biotech regulatory approvals, or to address the backlog in biotech […]

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Grain groups fault update to biotech regulatory framework for giving ‘short shrift’ to marketability, trade-disruption issues

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 – The latest attempt at updating the federal government’s coordinated biotechnology regulatory framework fails to adequately consider and address the importance of implementing strategies to avoid trade disruptions that result when biotech-enhanced products deregulated and approved for cultivation in the United States become present in shipments to important U.S. export markets […]

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House lawmakers push White House on Chinese biotech approvals

A bipartisan group of 112 House lawmakers submitted a letter to the White House expressing concern about China’s progress in accelerating its approvals of biotech-enhanced events, and asking that President Obama raise the issue during the upcoming Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) later this month. “China continues to be a very significant trading […]

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Obama administration’s biotech regulatory framework proposal ignores marketability, trade-disruption issues, NGFA says

By Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) noted in comments submitted Nov. 1 that the White House’s latest proposal to update the government’s regulation of biotech products fails to adequately consider and address marketability- and trade-disruption issues posed by the commercialization of biotech-enhanced crops in […]

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