On May 22, the Vermont legislature sent a bill to the Governor’s desk that creates a Seed Trait Acceptance Committee. Prior to sale, distribution, or use of a new genetically engineered seed in the State and after consultation with the seed review committee, the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture may prohibit, restrict, condition, or limit the sale, distribution, or use of the seed in the State when determined necessary to prevent an adverse effect on agriculture in the State. Thus, any seeds with new GE traits will have to be approved prior to being offered for sale in the state. The committee members will include: a farmer, seed dealer, licensed applicator and the State Secretary of Agriculture. If signed by the Governor, Vermont would be the only state to require additional approval of seed technology over and above the federal process.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued a statement providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Read moreRead More »