Organic Industry Wants Biotechnology Regulated By Process, Not Product

June 23, 2015

About 40 activist organizations that usually can be counted upon to rally with the organic industry against genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals did just that on Monday. They weighed in with a letter to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the federal regulation of biotechnology products.

APHIS has been inviting such comments, even holding web-based hearings, since last March as it withdrew work to update its 1990s rule for regulating GE organisms and decided to start over with a blank slate.

Yesterday was the deadline for providing written comments. APHIS also conducted a series of webinars in May.…