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Monsanto, Dow Crops Face Delays as U.S. Increases Scrutiny

Monsanto Co. and Dow Chemical Co. face delays in selling crops engineered to survive older weedkillers after the the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced increased scrutiny of the genetically modified plants.

Monsanto crops that tolerate applications of dicamba and Dow crops that tolerate 2,4-D will be evaluated in separate environmental impact statements, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said today in a statement on its website. The crops were previously being evaluated through environmental assessments, which is a shorter review.