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Environment: Judge orders U.S. Fish and Wildlife to find and eradicate genetically engineered plants in wildlife refuges

Battle over genetically engineered crops continues

Use of genetically engineered crops is widespread, but a judge blocks their use in wildlife refuges in the southeastern U.S.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — National Wildlife Refuge managers in the Southeast will have a tough job ahead, as a federal judge has ordered the agency not only to halt the planting of genetically engineered crops, but to eradicate those that have already been planted, as well as any stray plants that might escape.

The ruling is in response to a lawsuit by environmental and watchdog groups aimed at halting the use of genetically engineered crops in wildlife refuges. After finding in October that prior approval of GE crop planting violated environmental laws, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg directed the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to halt planting of GE crops under any of its cooperative-farming agreements throughout the ten-state Southeast Region. Continue reading

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Opinion: Letting the GM genie out of the bottle

Monarch butterflies have already been affected by genetically modified crops. Image from the Creative Commons, via Wikipedia.

Complete deregulation of genetically modified alfalfa spurs environmental concerns

By Jon Harrington

Monsanto has scored another major victory in battle over genetically modified food. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved complete deregulation of genetically modified alfalfa. The “Roundup ready” alfalfa will be available to plant this spring across the US. In the wake of the use of “Roundup ready” soybeans, and the contamination of most soy products, it looks like the USDA has paved the way for huge profits for Monsanto with another major crop. Continue reading

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