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USDA Deregulates Genetically-Engineered Soybean

Bean was developed to resist cyst nematode and for herbicide resistance

Soy field baby soy VIA PIXABAY APRIL 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is deregulating a soybean variety developed by BASF Corp. using genetic engineering.

The variety, designated as GMB 151, was developed to resist soybean cyst nematode, a microscopic parasitic worm, and for herbicide resistance.

As part of the petition process, APHIS prepared a draft plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) and draft environmental assessment (EA) and made these documents available for a 30-day public review and comment period on August 17, 2021.

APHIS considered all public comments and conducted a thorough review of the potential environmental impacts in its final EA pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), reaching a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).

APHIS concluded in its final PPRA that the GMB 151 soybean variety is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the U.S. and deregulated it March 9, 2022.

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