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US President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week instructing federal agencies speed up the review process for agricultural biotechnology products, Reuters reports. The order, it adds, calls on the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop new regulations, and would include the regulatory processes for genetically modified livestock and seeds.

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