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EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Reduce Regulations on Plant Incorporated Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a new proposed rule to limit federal regulations on biotech crops that are genetically engineered to incorporate toxins to certain insects and other plant pests. The newly proposed rule, which is open for public comment, aims to streamline oversight on such crops to make them exempt from EPA if the plant incorporated pesticides were developed through conventional breeding and they pose no greater risk than crops that already meet the agency's safety requirements. This new proposed rule is part of a broader effort of the Trump administration to reduce the regulatory reach of the federal government, including in biotechnology.

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