Sunday, May 12, 2013

USDA says more review needed for new Monsanto, Dow GMO crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said
Friday it will extend its scrutiny of controversial proposed
biotech crops developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of
Dow Chemical, and Monsanto Co. after receiving an
onslaught of opposition to the companies' plans.
The news frustrated Dow officials who had hoped to have
secured regulatory approval and have their new
herbicide-tolerant corn called "Enlist" on the market by 2013 or
2014 at the latest. But 2015 is now likely the best hope for
commercialization, said Dow AgroSciences spokeswoman Kenda
Resler Friend. Farmers need the new technology to better manage
weeds, she said.
"They (regulators) have had a long time to look at the
information," said Friend. "This is something that farmers are
going to lose from."
USDA said it will conduct two separate environmental impact statements "to better inform decision-making" on the approvals sought by Dow and Monsanto.

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