Growth Energy Applauds USDA Decision to Deregulate Variety of Genetically Engineered Corn

WASHINGTON, DC –Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, today applauded a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to deregulate a variety of genetically engineered corn called Amylase corn – a decision that will assist in a vital step in ethanol production. Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. submitted a petition in 2005 to deregulate the variety of corn which produces a common enzyme that breaks down starch into sugar, thereby facilitating the ethanol production process.

Growth Energy plant member and CEO of Western Plains Energy, Steve McNinch released the following statement:

“Every day, America’s ethanol producers are developing technological improvements to increase efficiency, reduce water use, and boost the amount of energy derived from grain and from cellulosic biomass. I have witnessed firsthand the potential for improved efficiencies in ethanol production utilizing Amylase corn and this technology may prove to be a more sustainable way to produce corn-based ethanol while using less water and energy. I applaud the USDA’s decision to make this technology available to the entire industry.”

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