Labor Department and GMO Approvals
President-elect Donald Trump has selected fast-food exec Andy Puzder to run the Labor Department, which enforces wage rules and manages guest-worker programs on which many farms and others in the food industry rely.
Craig Regelbrugge, former co-chairman of the Ag Coalition for Immigration Reform, says Puzder's nomination is a good sign that industry will see fewer regulations and streamlined guest worker programs.
Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates Hardee's and Carl's Jr.
Too many regulatory agencies take too long to approve genetically modified plant traits, according to a new report commissioned by the U.S.
The report focuses on some international approvals, in which a country is still evaluating a biotech trait long after its trading partners have finished.
The report, partially titled “The Impact of Asynchronous Approvals,” does not name countries specifically, but was produced as part of the Obama administration's efforts to work with China.