The use of biotechnology in agriculture has been expanding rapidly. The following information tells you about regulation of genetic engineering in Minnesota, connections to federal programs, and connections to other biotechnology internet resources.
Minnesota regulates the release of all agriculturally related genetically engineered organisms. That means corn, cows, and bacteria used on crops are all regulated under Minnesota law. The regulation of genetic engineering falls into three general categories:
Some experimental field tests, those that do not meet the eligibility criteria for notification that require a federal permit, either U.S. Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) or EPA, require a permit in Minnesota. A permit application must be submitted to MDA prior to a release. Permits include an environmental review. For information on how to apply for a permit, contact Clifford Watrin at 651-201-6531, Clifford.Watrin@state.mn.us.
Permits that have been granted in Minnesota:
Note: There have been no permits issued since 1997.
USDA/APHIS and MDA use a shortened regulatory procedure if particular field tests meet certain guidelines. Plant species eligible for release under state notification procedures include any plant that is not listed as a noxious weed and meets the eligibility criteria. For information on notifications, contact Clifford Watrin at 651-201-6531, Clifford.Watrin@state.mn.us.
Notifications that have been granted in Minnesota:
Exemptions allow the commercial use of a genetically engineered organism in the state of Minnesota. The organism must meet safety and environmental criteria in order to receive an exemption. The first exemption was issued for FLAVR SAVR Tomato in 1994.
Exemptions that have been granted in Minnesota
Plant Protection Division