A genetically engineered virus that could fight the citrus greening disease has received a positive review from USDA.
In a draft environmental impact statement, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says it found that the biotech virus wouldn’t harm the environment or pose any threat to human health.
The virus has been modified to produce proteins from spinach as a way to prevent citrus greening disease in Florida orange groves.
The draft EIS says that the virus, if it proves effective, could help save Florida’s citrus industry by saving trees and increasing yields. Citrus greening has reduced Florida orange production by over 40 percent in the last five years.
APHIS will accept public comments on the environmental impact statement until June 25.
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