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18F.02 DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Scope. As used in sections 18F.01 to 18F.13, the terms defined in this section
have the meanings given them.
    Subd. 2. Agency. "Agency" means the Department of Agriculture.
    Subd. 2a. Agriculturally related organism. "Agriculturally related organism" means any
organism that is used in agricultural production or processing of agricultural products. It includes
livestock and livestock products; dairy animals and dairy products; poultry and poultry products;
domestic fur-bearing animals; animal feeds; horticultural stock; nursery stock, as defined in
section 18G.02, subdivision 17; fruit; vegetables; forage grain; wild rice; seeds; bees; apiary
products; and products for the control or mitigation of noxious weeds. It excludes vaccines and
drugs for use in humans; genetic engineering of human germ cells and human somatic cells
intended for use in human gene therapy; vaccines for use in livestock, dairy animals, poultry,
domestic fur-bearing animals, or private aquatic life; genetically engineered wild animals; and
forestry products.
    Subd. 3. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of agriculture or an
agent authorized by the commissioner.
    Subd. 4. Genetic engineering. "Genetic engineering" means the introduction of new genetic
material to an organism or the regrouping of an organism's genes using techniques or technology
designed by humans. This does not include selective breeding, hybridization, or nondirected
mutagenesis.
    Subd. 5. Genetically engineered organism. "Genetically engineered organism" means an
organism that has been modified directly or indirectly using genetic engineering.
    Subd. 6. Organism. "Organism" means an animal, plant, bacterium, cyanobacterium,
fungus, protist, or virus.
    Subd. 7.[Repealed, 1994 c 454 s 14]
    Subd. 8. Release. "Release" means the placement or use of a genetically engineered organism
outside a contained laboratory, greenhouse, building, structure, or other similar facility or under
other conditions not specifically determined by the commissioner to be adequately contained.
    Subd. 9. Unreasonable adverse effects on the environment. "Unreasonable adverse effects
on the environment" means an unreasonable risk to humans or the environment, taking into
account the environmental costs and benefits of the use of a genetically engineered organism.
History: 1991 c 250 s 2; 1994 c 454 s 2-4; 2004 c 228 art 1 s 12