The Environmental Protection Agency announced a final rule recognizing that a soybean developed by Monsanto genetically engineered to produce an insecticidal protein is safe to humans in any expected exposure.

Agri-Pulse reports that Monsanto's product is a soybean genetically engineered to express the protein naturally produced by the bacteria species known as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The plant itself produces the protein that kills insects when they try to eat the plant, allowing farmers limit the practice of spraying pesticides.

EPA granted an exemption from the requirement to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of the Bt protein, Cry2Ab2, in or on soybean, according to the final rule written by EPA's Jack Housenger, director of the Office of Pesticide Programs, reports Agri-Pulse.

The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

Originally Published: Wisconsin Ag Connection