Many new plants varieties being developed or grown by framers have been produced using genetic engineering, which involves manipulating the plant genes through techniques of modern molecular biology often referred to as recombinant DNA technology. These techniques are included in what is often referred to as biotechnology or modern biotechnology. Three federal agencies are involved in ensuring that plants produced using biotechnology and the many products derived from them are safe to consume as food or feed, and safe for the environment. These are the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The three agencies regulate these products based on the characteristics of the actual products and their intended use.