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APHIS Unable to Address Litigation Issues Related to GE Crops

The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has impeded the development and commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) crops. It must take a more defensive stance to stop costly and lengthy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) litigation in the case of novel GE crops. This was the conclusion of the article Analysis of U.S. genetically engineered crop regulation and litigation by Esther McGinnis and colleagues published in the journal Crop Science Society of America.

APHIS regulates GE organisms that may pose a risk to plant or animal health. However, recent litigation by nongovernmental organizations has exposed APHIS' vulnerability to lawsuits since it has failed to assess the environmental risks of novel GE crops.

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