USDA Proposal to Deregulate Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

Farmers Successfully Practice Coexistence

USDA must base its decision to deregulate GE alfalfa on science and within its existing statutory authority

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering whether to deregulate genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa (known as "Roundup Ready" or "RR" alfalfa), ahas proposed an approach that would defy scientific precedent and legal authority.

By considering a proposal to deregulate alfalfa with restrictions, USDA would be basing a regulatory authorization on a socio-economic consideration rather than a science-based consideration. This would be contradictory to its science based conclusion that GE alfalfa is safe and not a plant pest.