On August 2, 2019, the ASGA was joined by several agricultural organizations in a letter to USDA in support of a science-based regulatory framework for plant breeding technology. Summary and comments below:
On behalf of the farmers, ranchers, processors, cooperatives, and other interests represented by the organizations listed below, we appreciate the opportunity to comment on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) proposed “Movement of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms” or “SECURE” rule, Docket Number, APHIS-2018-0034. Our groups represent a significant amount of agricultural interests in the United States. Our associations and stakeholders strongly support the intent of APHIS to create a system that recognizes the long and safe track record of genetically engineered (GE) plant breeding technologies, fosters innovation, greatly reduces unnecessary regulatory hurdles and will further global acceptance of biotechnology. We applaud APHIS for engaging with stakeholders throughout the process to develop a rule that can be responsive to the ongoing development of new technologies which have the potential to bring incredible advances in plant breeding. We appreciate APHIS’ intent to encourage new entrants into the plant breeding space by lowering the barrier to entry and the regulatory burden. We encourage APHIS to reflect the Secretary’s statement from March 28, 2018 on Plant Breeding Innovation regarding exemptions in the final rule.