NASDA praises decision to streamline agricultural biotechnology regulations

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Farm Forum

NASDA is pleased to see the recent signing of the executive order, “Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products.” Streamlining the agricultural biotechnology regulation processes will allow farmers and ranchers access to needed technology and clear the way for plant and animal biotechnology products to enter the U.S. market. In response, NASDA CEO Barb Glenn issued the following statement:

“In this executive order, we see a pathway to address concerns that we’ve had for years. While farmers have seen soaring advancements in plant biotechnology, animal biotechnology tools have been withheld from farmers and ranchers due to a tangled regulatory process,” Glenn said. “Reworking our regulatory process will establish the U.S. as a leader in international regulatory conversations and ensure our high-quality, safe food products remain competitive in the global marketplace.”

At the beginning of this year, NASDA members committed to advocating for an effective way to regulate animal biotechnology, and communicating with others about its potential and safety. NASDA is pleased that a key piece of this executive order is promoting education about plant and animal biotechnology for increased consumer understanding and acceptance.

“We’re ready and excited to work with our federal counterparts to advance a scientific, clear-cut regulatory framework for animal and plant biotech products,” Glenn said. “NASDA members are the leading agriculture officials in their states, and each works directly with farmers, ranchers and industry stakeholders to create and implement agriculture and food regulations.”