USDA Gives Initial Approval To Controversial Dow GMO Crops

Law360, New York (January 3, 2014, 5:52 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday moved closer to approving three plants genetically modified by a Dow Chemical Co. subsidiary to be resistant to a controversial herbicide, a process critics contend harms human health and the environment.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service concluded in a draft environmental impact statement that it endorsed the deregulation of one Dow AgroSciences LLC corn plant and two soybean plants. If the agency finalizes its assessment following a 45-day comment period, farmers could plant the products without...
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