Gene-editing Technology OK for Food Plants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not regulate plants altered with gene-editing technology as long as the final product is something that could have been developed through traditional breeding techniques. It cannot be a plant pest or achieved with the help of a plant pest. Permitted will be changes that provide immunity to disease or natural resistance to crop chemicals. This does not include transgenic plants with a gene from a distant species–these will still be regulated.

PositiveTip: You can probably rest assured that our food supply will remain safe.