Today’s quick hits, April 30, 2021

GE food review: The European Commission announced a review of EU rules on the development and approval of genetically engineered foods that has the potential to loosen restrictions on gene-edited crops. (Reuters)

China lags (again): While China comes closest in the agriculture category to hitting its “phase one” targets for purchases of U.S. goods and services, even there it falls short: It has imported only 85 percent of this year’s target of $43.6 billion worth of food, agriculture, and seafood products. (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

White farmers sue: Five white farmers in the Midwest are plaintiffs in a lawsuit that accuses the USDA of running a “race-based loan forgiveness program” that unfairly excludes them. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

‘Laughing at myself’: Dan Glickman, whose career has included stints as a congressman, agriculture secretary, and president of the Motion Picture Association of America, will release a book on June 8 that offers his prescription for comity and success in the public square. (University Press of Kansas)

Six weeks late: The administration is more than six weeks past its self-imposed deadline for issuing a rule protecting workers from the coronavirus while on the job. Just this week, the Labor Department sent its proposal to the White House. (Washington Post)