In March, a group of former and current GMA producers sued the USDA over a policy that allowed farmers to produce more soybeans for export than the USDA would allow for domestic production.
In response, the USDA announced it was changing the policy.
It also announced that it would provide guidance for producers in the future to avoid using soybeans that have been genetically engineered to be resistant to a disease called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).
The new policy also allows farmers to use more than 10 percent of their soybeans.
So what does the new policy mean for consumers?
Consumers should expect higher prices and lower quality products, according to the GMA.
“It will take a lot of time to get the new guidelines into the consumer’s minds,” said Andrew P. Smith, a senior vice president of the Soy Products Association.
“I’m expecting to see some changes in the consumer marketplace.
It will take time to make sure people are making informed choices.”