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National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reports:

For more than two years, pork producers have been dealt a challenging hand, from trade retaliation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the U.S. government continues work to help farmers weather this unprecedented crisis, there is an immediate step the White House can take to help American agriculture maintain its global leadership status for years to come: ensuring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has regulatory oversight over gene-edited livestock, NPPC Director of Science and Technology Dr. Dan Kovich wrote this week in Farm Journal's Pork.

For more than two years, USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been in a regulatory tug of war over which agency has authority over genetic editing in livestock. Unfortunately, U.S. farmers are caught in the middle, allowing China, Brazil, Canada and other global competitors to move ahead in the race to utilize this new technology.

Gene editing is used to make specific changes within an animal's own genome and will allow us to produce animals that are more disease-resistant, require fewer antibiotics and have a better environmental footprint. For more information on the importance of ensuring USDA has regulatory oversight over gene-edited livestock, click here.

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