The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will assess the environmental impact of soy, corn and cotton genetically engineered to tolerate 2,4-D and dicamba herbicides. The move is expected to delay the introduction of Monsanto's dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton and Dow Chemical's 2, 4-D tolerant corn and soy. "We believe that this action ... sets bad precedent for future consideration of safe and beneficial genetically engineered plant products," said Cathleen Enright of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

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