Saturday, February 28, 2009

GE Crop Regulations Proposed Rule

GE Crop Regulations Proposed Rule

Public Comment Period Extended through May 2009

In the last months of the Bush Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposal to completely overhaul its regulation of genetically engineered (GE) crops, significantly weakening its oversight. No longer would the USDA start from the assumption that a new GE crop must be regulated; some GE crops could be exempted altogether. The proposed rule would virtually ensure that contamination of organic and commercial crops will become even more frequent, and excuses the USDA from taking any action to remedy such contamination. The rule would continue to allow the dangerous practice of producing drugs and industrial chemicals in food crops grown in the open environment, and, if implemented, the proposed rule would allow the wholesale deregulation of the agricultural biotechnology industry.

The USDA has reopened the comment period on the proposed rule. The Center for Food Safety's current campaign asks supporters to tell the USDA to:

  1. Withdraw the proposed rule
  2. Release the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for public review and comment and to be used as a basis for further rule-making
  3. Suspend all new GE crop approvals until the above has been satisfactorily completed and unless and until GE crops are proven safe

For more information and to comment, please visit the Center for Food Safety’s campaign by clicking here.