AUSTIN — — Texas agriculture officials are preparing to declare a statewide agricultural exemption from a new federal rule that would ban genetically modified crops on state lands.
Under the new rule, a crop that can’t be grown on federal lands must be labeled a “plant” on state land and must be registered as such.
The move comes amid increasing public scrutiny of GMOs and a recent study that found nearly half of Americans favor the government’s approval of GM crops.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday announced it would not take further action on the label issue until the new label is adopted by state officials.
The new rule was adopted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in April after years of delays and was meant to be finalized before the end of this year, but some states have since delayed the rule.AUSTIN, Texas — AUSTEN, Texas (AP) The U,S.
government will delay the adoption of a new labeling standard for genetically modified (GM) crops until the first week of December, the U,s.
Department for Agriculture (U.S.) announced Monday.
The department’s website says the delay is because “there is still a lot of work to be done.”
In the meantime, the USDA will continue to support states that are in the process of adopting new labeling rules, according to the announcement.
State and local officials could begin the process on Dec. 7, according the agency.
State lawmakers and agricultural producers are expected to begin discussing the labeling proposal in the upcoming weeks.