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Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative

Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative

Congress appropriated a total of $4.5 million to fund the Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative, which calls upon the FDA to work with USDA to provide education and outreach to the public on agricultural biotechnology and food and animal feed ingredients derived from biotechnology.

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018

Initiative Goal

The goal of this initiative is to provide consumer outreach and education through publication and distribution of science-based educational information on the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian impacts of agricultural biotechnology. The FDA is currently working on this initiative in consultation with USDA and other federal agencies.

A steering committee and four workgroups have been set up to coordinate all the work for this initiative.

Initial Phase

The initial phase of this initiative was to inform the public of our work and obtain input from all stakeholders on this issue. The FDA held two public meetings in November 2017 and opened a docket to receive public comments.

In addition, FDA initiated work to examine the latest science and research studies relevant to consumer education and outreach to help inform the development of educational materials for this initiative.

Current Efforts

FDA is currently reviewing public comments received. In addition, we are conducting additional formative research to inform and guide the formulation of effective communication concepts and materials.