Source: National Association of Wheat Growers

The National Association of Wheat Growers and five other farm groups wrote the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology last week to express their deep concerns about how USDA's process to deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa could threatened to undermine the U.S. government's science-based regulatory system.

The letter emphasized that proposed restrictions for just one crop could negatively impact all producers of biotech crops for decades to come, and that non-scientific biotechnology regulations should not be created as part of USDA's environmental review process.

USDA's authority to regulate and deregulate biotechnology-derived crops comes from the Plant Protection Act (PPA), which requires the Secretary to base regulatory decisions on sound science. 

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