As the Environmental Protection Agency develops a framework for assessing the risks posed by RNAi as pest-control strategy in plants, one consumer advocacy group has expressed concern over agricultural use of the technology and asked the agency to temporarily hold off on approving any such products.

However, the organization's comments come amid a wave of letters to the agency from scientists in both academia and industry pointing to a large and growing body of evidence on the safety and specificity of RNAi in plants.

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