Trump Calls for Streamlined Regulation of Genetically Engineered Food
Neal Fortin's take on the recent Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products.
President Trump signed Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products on June 11, 2019. The order directs federal agencies to streamline regulations and guidance documents regarding products of agricultural biotechnology.
The impact of the executive order will depend on the actions of the federal agencies. The regulatory system must not only ensure the safety of new biotechnology but also must foster public confidence in that safety. Avoiding undue regulatory burden is important, but simply deregulating genetic engineering could result in loss of public confidence in genetically engineered foods.