USDA Approves a New GMO Corn


The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced it would deregulate a corn genetically engineered to be resistant to the pest corn rootworm and the herbicide glyphosate.

The deregulation allows Monsanto, the developer of the corn, to begin selling the product anywhere in the U.S. According to APHIS, "Our determination is based on our evaluation of data submitted by Monsanto Company in its petition for a determination of nonregulated status, our analysis of available scientific data, and comments received from the public in response to our previous notices."

APHIS proposed to deregulate the corn, MON 87411, in May after finding it would not have significant adverse effects, including the spread of weeds. APHIS said its analysis, "indicates that there will not be any significant impacts, individually or cumulatively, on the quality of the human environment as a result of this action." The action on the part of APHIS comes as environmentalists have increasingly raised concerns about the use of glyphosate, which was declared as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization earlier this year.

Read the letter OFRF sent opposing the deregulation of this seed here.