Increased Yield, Herbicide-Resistant GE Soybeans Deregulated
USAgNet - 08/09/2019
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is deregulating a soybean variety, developed by Verdeca, LLC, genetically engineered for increased yield potential and resistance to the herbicide glufosinate.
As part of the petition process, APHIS prepared a draft plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) and draft environmental assessment (EA), and made these documents available for a 30-day public review and comment period on March 13.
APHIS considered all of the public comments and conducted a thorough review of the potential environmental impacts in its final EA pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), reaching a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).
APHIS concluded in its final PPRA that this GE soybean variety is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States and is deregulating it effective effective this week.