The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has approved a new cotton variety from Bayer CropScience that is genetically engineered to be resistant to both glyphosate and HPPD inhibitors such as isoxaflutole. APHIS determined that “this variety of GE cotton is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States.” Bayer said it's pleased with the approval, saying that "farmers are increasingly challenged by threats to their crops like weeds and bugs in their fields and need new tools with multiple modes of action to combat them." In its final environmental assessment, APHIS said that GE varieties of cotton, containing either herbicide resistance, insect resistance, or both traits, comprised 96 percent of all cotton planted in 2017.

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