Following the Supreme Court's ruling in Bowman v. Monsanto and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's request for environmental impact statements before deregulating two new biotechnology traits, John Mandler of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP spoke with the Feedstuffs in Focus podcast and was quoted in the Feedstuffs newspaper on how the agriculture industry is affected by these developments.
"I think what the decision does do is allow companies like Monsanto or other seed companies to make the investment in new technologies for these new hybrids for seeds and patent that technology and be able to get a return on their investment," Mandler said of Bowman v. Monsanto. "I think that's important not just for the direct farmer/ag community, but for the broader food industry and for us all as broader consumers of food, to allow there to be a continued increased in yields and in the ability of the ag industry to produce food."
Of other cases in process that may affect the food and ag industries, Mandler said, "There have been a series of cases that challenge the regulatory process that's followed by EPA, USDA and FDA to approve genetic events. Those cases have challenged the interplay between environmental protection statutes in the U.S. and the regulatory scheme for getting approval of genetically enhanced products."