On August 17, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved seven genetically engineered (GE) crops (3 corn, 2 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorizations for two corn and one rapeseed crop used for food and animal feed.
On April 29, 2021, the European Commission published a report titled, “Study on the status of new genomic techniques under Union law and in light of the Court of Justice ruling in Case C-528/16.”
On April 20, Japan's Ministry of Agriculture amended the handling procedures for feed and feed additive products derived from the crossbreeding of genome edited varieties.
Health Canada is seeking feedback on two new pieces of guidance for the Novel Foods Regulations, focused on plant breeding. The consultation will be open for 60 days until May 24, 2021.
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Russia: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Russian guidelines became effective on April 26, 2020 that establish a process for registering genetically engineered (GE) events for feed use, making it possible for those events to be imported after registration.
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Belgium: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Public support for agricultural biotechnology in Belgium is roughly divided between the Wallonia and Flemish regions with the latter more receptive.
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Netherlands: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

This report assesses the agricultural biotechnology sector in the Netherlands, and covers related production, trade, and policies.
On October 23, 2020, the EU Ministers for Environment adopted the Council Conclusions on the Biodiversity Strategy.
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Bolivia: Soybeans Bolivia Adopts Biotechnology

The Government of Bolivia approved two new genetically engineered events for soybeans in April 2019.