Wise Regulation from the Obama Administration, i.e., the USDA

By February 10, 2011General, Regulations

This is the kind of regulatory common sense that America needs more of.

Feb. 5, 2011, New York Times, “U.S. Says Farmers May Grow Engineered Sugar Beets“:

“The Department of Agriculture said on Friday that American farmers could resume growing genetically engineered sugar beets that had been barred by a federal judge.

The decision could allow farmers to plant the biotech seeds this spring, avoiding a possible shortage of sugar later on.

“The decision is a win for consumers,” said Duane Grant, a beet farmer in Rupert, Idaho, and chairman of the farmer-owned Snake River Sugar Company. “It assures a full beet crop will be planted in 2011.”

Jan. 27, 2011, USDA release, “USDA Announces Decision to Fully Deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced its decision to grant non-regulated status for alfalfa that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide commercially known as Roundup.

“After conducting a thorough and transparent examination of alfalfa through a multi-alternative environmental impact statement (EIS) and several public comment opportunities, APHIS has determined that Roundup Ready alfalfa is as safe as traditionally bred alfalfa,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “All of the alfalfa production stakeholders involved in this issue have stressed their willingness to work together to find solutions. We greatly appreciate and value the work they’ve done so far and will continue to provide support to the wide variety of sectors that make American agriculture successful.”

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