In a stunning departure from regulatory norms, EPA has greenlit Ledprona for three years of commercial use—before the standard testing period is even complete. Your voice is needed.
UPDATE (10:52 am): I have written to the EPA to find out why the public comment option is not yet made available again at the Docket website. I will send out a new article when I hear back, hopefully with a resolution.

In an unprecedented move that has raised eyebrows and concerns alike, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fast-tracked the approval of Ledprona, a novel pesticide based on RNA interference (RNAi) technology. This decision has far-reaching implications for environmental toxicology, ecosystem health, and human well-being. If you’re considering a deep dive into the world of environmental toxicology, this is a critical moment to engage. Here’s why your voice, backed by scientific understanding, is needed now more than ever.

The Science Behind RNAi Pesticides
RNA interference is a naturally occurring mechanism used by plants and insects to regulate gene expression. Ledprona, developed by GreenLight Biosciences, aims to exploit this mechanism to combat the Colorado Potato Beetle, a notorious agricultural pest. While the technology promises targeted pest control with minimal environmental impact, it’s essential to remember that RNAi in agriculture is still largely uncharted territory.

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