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September 14, 2022

President Joe Biden Issues Order to Boost Agricultural Biotechnology

An Executive Order was issued by President Joe Biden on Sept. 12 that calls on federal departments and agencies to increase the use of bio-based products and identify barriers to agricultural biotechnology.

Per the order, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have 180 days to find “ambiguity, gaps or uncertainties” in the federal regulatory system for biotechnology. Within 280 days those agencies are required to submit a plan that details what regulations and guidance documents need to be “updated, streamlined or clarified.”

The order also requires the USDA to report on ways to “use biotechnology and bio-manufacturing for food and agriculture innovation” and seeks to increase the government’s use of bio-based products by requiring agencies to train staff on purchasing those goods.

The entirety of the order can be read here