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Puerto Rico OKs agbiotech promotion law

Puerto Rico has passed legislation to promote agricultural biotechnology. Its governor, Luis Fortuno, signed the “Law for the Promotion and Development of Agricultural Biotechnological Businesses” earlier this month. The biotechnology trade association, BIO, says there are 11 biotechnology companies present in Puerto Rico. Its executive vice-president, Sharon Lauritzen, welcomes the news. “The new legislation provides for pre-emption of any local authorities from attempting to regulate in this area,” she says. “Neither North America’s farmers, nor our member companies can operate successfully within any system where a patchwork of differing rules and standards may apply to the same technology,” Ms Lauritzen adds.

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