Biotech Updates

USDA Releases Final Risk Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Permit for GE Diamondback Moth

July 12, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the availability of a final environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and will concurrently issue a permit for the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths.

The moths are genetically engineered for repressible female lethality and to express red fluorescence as a marker. The field release will assess the feasibility and efficacy of these moths in reducing populations of diamondback moth, a known plant pest and serious threat to agriculture. Based on its FONSI, APHIS has determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.

The final EA and FONSI are available at the USDA APHIS website.