Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he does not intend to regulate plants created through new breeding techniques like genome editing. This technology can introduce better traits in plants more quickly and more precisely, which Perdue argues is the backbone of what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should be trying to achieve. “Using this science, farmers can continue to meet consumer expectations for healthful, affordable food produced in a manner that consumes fewer natural resources. This new innovation will help farmers do what we aspire to do at USDA: do right and feed everyone,” he said.
Like much of Congress’s actions this year, the path to getting the 2018 Farm Bill passed is anything but certain, reported AgWeek: “ The existing farm bill expires this fall and political bickering is well underway. Republicans would like to expand existing work requirements to people who receive food stamps – known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – but Democrats are opposed.