EPA to release first major GM crop review

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The US Environmental Protection Agency will complete its first
comprehensive review of the country's major genetically engineered
crops: corn, cotton...

The US Environmental Protection Agency will complete its first comprehensive review of the country's major genetically engineered crops: corn, cotton and potato plants that deliver their own pesticides, the Boston Globe​ reports. The agency is awaiting a report by an independent panel of scientists on the safety of the crops, which represent a growing share of the nation's farm production. The EPA​ will then decide for how long to approve their continued use and in what way those crops must be planted to make sure that pests do not build up a resistance. Since their commercial introduction in 1995, the use of genetically engineered crops has surged. An estimated one-fifth of the nation's corn production now comes from genetically engineered seeds.

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