GMO Crops to be Approved Faster, USDA Says

by Sustainable Food News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to introduce new rules that reduce the time for regulatory reviews of genetically modified (GM) crops by more than 50 percent, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

It currently takes about three years for GM crops to be approved by the agency, the report said. However, American farmers using the biotechnology fear other countries ramping up approval and production of GM crops, including Brazil, could take away market share, said Steve Censky, CEO of the American Soybean Association, Bloomberg reported.

“It is a concern from a competition standpoint,” Censky told Bloomberg.