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USDA gives nod to Monsanto's newest Bt corn

(Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- The USDA gave the nod to Monsanto to commercialize its latest variety of corn genetically engineered to express the insecticidal bacterium bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Despite more public comments opposing the the new MON 863, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of USDA, found that the new Bt corn variety: (1) Exhibits no plant pathogenic properties; (2) is no more likely to become a weed than corn developed by traditional breeding techniques; (3) is unlikely to increase the weediness potential for any other cultivated or wild species with which it can interbreed; (4) will not harm threatened or endangered species or organisms, such as bees, that are beneficial to agriculture; and (5) will not cause damage to raw or processed agricultural commodities.

Source: AgWeb