A new way to modify grass seeds could offer precedent for companies hoping to circumvent the bureaucratic maze of government regulation when it comes to genetically modifying their crops. And that raises some major red flags with critics of GMOs.

The loophole is known as genome editing.

It’s also referred to as editing plant seeds. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture is required to stamp its approval on genetically modified crops for commercial planting, the department has confirmed that it’s currently unable to regulate techniques that were not envisioned when the regulations were created.

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