Authors

Mary Berenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michael Blanchette, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Paul Christensen, Iowa State University
R. James Cook, Washington State University
John Cordts, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Terri Dunahay, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rebecca Edelstein, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Samantha Floyd, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Paul Gepts, University of California, Davis
Susana Goggi, Iowa State UniversityFollow
Vickie Hage, St. John’s River Water Management District
Levis Handley, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Andrea Huberty, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Bruce MacBryde, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Virgil Meier, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Manjit Misra, Iowa State UniversityFollow
Therese Murtagh, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Clint Nesbitt, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Catherine Preston, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Steven G. Pueppke, Michigan State University
Andrew Roberts, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Robyn Rose, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Peter Schmeissner, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Carmen Soileau, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rhey Solomon, Resource Solutions
Stephanie Stephens, U.S. Department of Agriculture
John Turner, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Piet van der Meer
Michael Wach, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Michael Watson, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mark Westgate, Iowa State UniversityFollow
Jeffrey Wolt, Iowa State UniversityFollow
Christine Zakarka, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Document Type

Report

Publication Date

7-2007

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the environmental introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms, including crop and noncrop plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and micro-organisms. APHIS regulations are grounded in the most up-to-date science and are designed to provide a level of oversight appropriate for the safe introduction of GE organisms. APHIS is considering whether revisions to its regulations are necessary. One purpose of such revisions would be to address current and future technological trends resulting in GE plants with which the agency is less familiar, such as plants with environmental stress tolerance or enhanced nutrition, and plants engineered for new purposes such as biofuels or for production of pharmaceutical or industrial compounds. Additionally, the regulations would be revised to ensure a high level of environmental protection, to create regulatory processes that are transparent to stakeholders and the public, to consider the efficient use of agency resources, to ensure that the level of oversight is commensurate with the risk, and to ensure conformity with obligations under international treaties and agreements, such as World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. To this end, this draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) was prepared to provide agency decisionmakers with a full range of regulatory alternatives and assist them in selecting a preferred alternative.

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Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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