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Great Britain: New Regulations Aim to Prevent Plant Bacteria Xyella from Entering Country

(Mar. 9, 2021) Amidst a backdrop of outbreaks in continental Europe of Xyella fastidiosa (Xyella), a bacterium that causes plant diseases, Great Britain has introduced the Official Controls and Phytosanitary Conditions (Amendment) Regulations 2021 to strengthen biosecurity controls. Xyella causes diseases in commercially grown crops like citrus, olive, and grapevine, and in a number of […]

Brazil: Government Creates Amazon Council to Protect Amazon Region

(Feb. 19, 2020) On January 22, 2020, during a meeting of the Council of Government, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the creation of the Amazon Council and an Environmental Task Force to devise plans and actions for protecting, defending, and sustainably developing Brazilian forestry. Bolsonaro explained that the Council would be coordinated by Vice President […]

Italy: New Consolidated Forestry and Forest Supply-Chain Law Takes Effect

(May 11, 2018) On May 5, 2018, a new law on forestry and forest supply chains came into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 34 of April 3, 2018, Consolidated Text on Forests and Supply Chains) (L.D. No. 34), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) Apr. 20, 2018 (in Italian), G.U. website.) General Purpose of the New Legislation […]

Thailand: Medicinal Plants Protected in More Areas

(Apr. 13, 2012) The Thai government has added eight more places to the list of twelve previously designated locations that are medicinal plant protection zones. A dozen species of plants used in traditional medicines have been found to be at risk of extinction. (Protected Areas for Herbal Plants in Eight Provinces, THE NATION (Apr. 10, […]

United States: Court Rules Agency’s Deregulation of Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets Violated Federal Environmental Law

(Oct. 20, 2009) A federal district court has ruled that a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to deregulate a genetically engineered form of sugar beets without preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The USDA has authority under the Plant Protection Act to regulate genetically engineered […]