USDA To Recognize and Accept Genome Editing


The USDA does not intend to regulate plants developed using genome editing. Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue stated “Plant breeding innovation holds enormous promise for helping to protect crops against drought and diseases while increasing nutritional value and eliminating allergens.” Perdue added “Using this science, farmers can continue to meet consumer expectations for healthful, affordable food products in a manner that consumes fewer natural resources. Innovation will help farmers do what we aspire to do at USDA; do right and feed everyone.”

The USDA, the EPA and the FDA have initiated a “coordinated framework for the regulation of biotechnology”. The USDA focusses on protecting plant health, the FDA is responsible for food and feed safety, and the EPA regulates sale, distribution and testing of pesticides.