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American Soybean Association: Biotech Essential to Feed 9.7B People in 2050

June 21, 2017

Biotechnology is an essential tool in farmers' quest to produce enough food to meet the needs of 9.7 billion people by 2050, said the American Soybean Association (ASA) in their comments submitted to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering.

The Association has expressed concern that aspects of the proposed rules will increase regulatory burden and stifle research and innovation, but applauded USDA's efforts to "reduce the burden on regulated entities." ASA's comments to FDA also cheered USDA's proposal to exclude certain genome editing techniques from requiring pre-market approvals because they are low risk and could be found in nature or achieved through traditional breeding  methods.

ASA's full comments to USDA and FDA are available on their website.