The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on a petition submitted by Syngenta Biotech Inc. to deregulate its insect-resistant genetically engineered (GE) corn.
APHIS has regulated this variety of corn through its notification and permitting process since 1999. If APHIS grants the petition for deregulation, the GE corn and its progeny can be planted freely without the requirement of permits. An Environmental Assessment draft has been prepared by the agency to determine whether deregulating the GM corn would have a significant impact on the environment.
Visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/content/2010/01/gecrnmet.shtml for information on how to submit comments.