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No go on SD transgenic wheat regulation bill

(Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 -- CropChoice news) --Joe Kafka, AP, 02/13/03 via Agnet: PIERRE, S.D. - Legislative efforts fell short Thursday to make the South Dakota state Agriculture Department regulate genetically modified wheat.

Opponents of SB214 were cited as arguing that the bill is premature because artificially altered wheat is not yet available and that the federal government likely will regulate genetically modified wheat and that if states do it, too, it would create a hodgepodge of rules.

The Senate Agriculture Committee killed the bill 5-4.

Sen. John Koskan, R-Wood, offered the measure. He said many countries have announced they will not buy wheat that has been artificially changed to make it resist bugs, diseases or drought. People there worry the wheat may lead to health problems, he said.