Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding USDA’s Intent to Prepare Environmental Impact Statements for Biotech Crops Under Review for Deregulation
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 13, 2013 – “The Agriculture Department’s announcement that it will require full environmental impact statements for new corn, soybean and cotton crops developed through biotechnology to be herbicide-resistant is troubling.
“Most disturbing is that USDA has not provided scientific justification for why full environmental impact statements are needed, rather than the usual environmental assessments.
“The prompt availability of new technologies, including crop varieties that are resistant to 2,4-D and dicamba herbicides, will allow America’s crop farmers to continue their legacy of continuous improvement – growing more food using fewer resources than ever before.”
|Contacts:||Tracy Taylor Grondine