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How GMOs are regulated… or not—Speaking of Chemistry

Set your gene guns to stun as we explore the curious landscape of GMO regulations in the U.S. ↓↓Full description and references below↓↓

Critics say the Obama Administration balked on an opportunity to update Reagan-era guidelines on how agencies like the Department of Agriculture regulate foods with edited genes. What does this means for GMO foods looking to make it to market in the era of CRISPR? Ryan Cross examines the implications in this episode of Speaking of Chemistry.

As we mentioned in the video, USDA and the Food & Drug Administration are requesting your comments on updates to some biotech regulations. Here are the links to those:

USDA (APHIS): https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2015-0057

FDA: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FDA-2008-D-0394-0279

For more on GMOs, policies, and GMO policies, check out these articles:

White House updates biotech oversight plans | C&EN
https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i3/White-House-updates-biotech-oversight.html

Farmers plant fewer genetically modified crops | C&EN
https://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i16/Farmers-plant-fewer-genetically-modified.html

Department Of Agriculture Approves First Genetically Modified Apple | C&EN
https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i8/Department-Agriculture-Approves-First-Genetically.html

Rethinking Biotech Rules | C&EN
https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i29/Rethinking-Biotech-Rules.html
Speaking of Chemistry is a production of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

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