Safety Regulations Surrounding Gm Plants. Gm Plants That

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Safety Regulations surrounding GM plants GM plants that are destined to be eaten are checked for possible dangers, and the results are evaluated by multiple agencies. The three main agencies involved in regulating GMOs are the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Library of Congress, 2015). The FDA regulates GMOs in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is responsible for protecting agriculture from pests and disease, including making sure that all new genetically engineered plant varieties…show more content…
For example, increase Bt use leads to decrease pesticide use, increase in crop yield, and substantial decrease in the risk on human health and the environment (Raybould, 2010). Wide adoption of Bt crops have also led to improved production, yields and profits. According to Yang and Chen (2015), humans have been modifying the genomes of plants and animals for thousands of years using traditional breeding techniques. This involves selecting plants or animals with desirable traits and breeding them in hopes of acquiring certain characteristics, which become more pronounced with each generation. After thousands of years, almost every single plant and animal around the world is vastly different from its pre-domesticated state. Hence, if humans have been manipulating genes since history, then what makes a so-called “genetically modified organism (GMO)” different? Presently there is no scientific evidence to support that GMOs are inherently bad, despite more than 30 years and thousands of studies that were conducted. The population is growing and Policy should lead to the development of regulatory frameworks that minimize the number of new data requirements and maximize the value of existing
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