Agricultural Biotech

ITIF provided comments on USDA’s latest proposal to revise and update regulations for crops improved through biotechnology including gene editing.
Agricultural Biotech
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July 12, 2017
For years, researchers have been developing genetic-engineering techniques to combat some of our most critical global challenges. Join ITIF for a discussion of these technologies, their promising applications, and the societal as well as policy challenges and opportunities they present.
June 14, 2017
ITIF submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on its proposed revisions to regulations governing crops improved through biotechnology.
June 14, 2017
ITIF submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration on how they should regulate foods derived from gene-edited plants.
May 30, 2017
ITIF submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on proposed regulations for RNA interference, or RNAi.
May 10, 2017
ITIF submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Cornell University’s request for permission to test a safe, promising pest control method.
April 17, 2017
ITIF submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration on a proposal to treat gene-edited animals as forbidden until proven safe even in complete absence of any apparent risk.
April 3, 2017
Fears of new discoveries have led to calls for “precautionary” regulation, which risks stifling agricultural innovation without any showing of need or benefit. There is a better way. The time is long past due for significant regulatory rollback.
March 10, 2017
Regulatory agencies face an avalanche of innovative products, but they are more ready than they think to evaluate them, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
February 24, 2017
In a presentation to the 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Outlook Forum, Val Giddings presents on biotechnology and how it has delivered significant innovations to improve the economics and sustainability of sugar production through improved sugar beets, and is poised to do the same with sugar cane.
January 25, 2017
The food industry downplays setbacks, has failed to appreciate the nature of the opposition, and has failed to adequately defend genetically modified food against widespread Luddite fear mongering, write Val Giddings and Wayne Parrot in Forbes.