EPA announces new regulations on gene editing for fruit and vegetable crops
Increased regulations on gene editing for fruit and veggie crops has growers concerned.
The EPA announced new requirements for additional data and scientific evidence in reporting results.
A University of Arkansas horticulture professor says that no one in the specialty crops industry has a team experienced with these types of regulations and it will be difficult to justify the expense.
Dr. Margaret Worthington says that it is a shame because gene editing has huge advantages like disease-resistance that could lead to less fungicide use. That will likely now stay in the lab and never get to fields.