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EPAUSDA Plant Pesticide Workshops: The Use of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) in Corn and Cotton

Project Period:

3 months 1999-06-01 - 1999-08-01

Principal Investigator:

EPA with Ann Sorensen, CAE

Description
EPA and USDA asked CAE to help organize, facilitate and record the proceedings of two workshops to help farmers safely adopt genetically engineered varieties of corn and cotton that produce their own insecticide. Both agencies recognized that the use of Bt-corn and Bt-cotton could greatly reduce the amount of pesticide being used by farmers but could also lead to problems with insect resistance. They needed to develop consensus on how to proceed with implementation of plant pesticide regulations. We held well-attended workshops in Chicago (corn) and in Memphis, Tennessee (cotton).

Outcomes
Improvements in how USDA and EPA deal with genetically engineered crops.

American Farmland Trust