USDA to require permits for GE wheat trials

PlantBreeding_WheatUSDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced it will require permits for field trials of genetically engineered wheat, and published a justification for taking that action. The agency noted that recent unauthorized releases of GE wheat and findings have led to the conclusion that U.S. agriculture would benefit from the increased oversight of permits. The justification cited two separate incidents concerning regulated GE wheat found in Oregon and Montana. “It became clear to us following the GE wheat incident in Oregon that the detection of regulated GE wheat where it was not authorized had great potential to disrupt wheat markets globally,” the agency wrote.

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