The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has released a
new Issue Paper titled Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative
Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Business and Universities.
The paper reviews the current regulatory system in the United States for
genetically engineered crops, compares it with those of major trading
partners, and considers the effects it has on agricultural biotechnology.
Led by Task Force Chair Alan McHughen, the experts show that despite
foundational contributions requiring considerable public resource
commitments for GE crop innovation and development, academic institutions
and small private entities have been almost entirely excluded from the
agricultural biotechnology market.