Clements: President Trump’s executive order to enhance and improve the agricultural biotech regulatory framework will ensure the future of biotech innovation. Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation congressional relations director, says the executive order will update regulations enacted decades ago.
Walmsley: It’s truly looking at the regulations to update those. But then also, engaging in a dialogue, not only across agencies, but with consumers, outreach and education on the science of agricultural innovation. And then finally, international engagement, making sure that we don’t have an impediment of trade and that an environment for innovation is right.
Clements: Walmsley says the executive order also allows for a discussion on the regulation of gene editing of livestock.
Walmsley: Farm Bureau and I know a lot of our livestock partners have concerns on how FDA’s viewing gene edited animals. So, hopefully this is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input and the White House to lead direction to make sure we have an environment for agricultural innovation into the future.
Clements: He says farmers and ranchers need regulations that foster innovation to create new tools and meet future challenges.
Walmsley: The foundation in this country of agricultural research and innovation continue to be strong, and part of that is a policy perspective. So, this is direction there that farmers hopefully will have the tools that are affordable, that help improve efficiencies and help keep them farming well into the future, and that’s going to take agricultural innovation.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.