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This paper examines the EPA's new policy regulating plant pesticides and presents the legal, scientific and policy issues surrounding the regulation of genetically engineered plants. Part I introduces the concepts covered in this paper. Part II.A. discusses products that have originated from biotechnology. Part II.B. describes the EPA's legal authority for regulating plant pesticides and other biotechnology products. Part II.C. presents the history of federal regulation of biological pesticides and biotechnology products. Part III examines the controversy surrounding the use of genetically engineered plants, including the potential risks and benefits of genetically engineered plants and the public's perception of these products. Part IV describes the EPA's proposed policy and regulations for plant pesticides and discusses the more controversial issues associated with the policy. Finally, part V discusses the international implications of the EPA's policy.
Mary Jane Angelo, Genetically Engineered Plant Pesticides: Recent Developments in the EPA's Regulation of Biotechnology, 7 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 257 (1986), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/467