Posted on November 13, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
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
Filed under: biodiversity, Environment, public lands | Tagged: Center for Food Safety, Environment, genetically engineered crops, GM crops, National Wildlife Refuge, United States Fish and Wildlife Service | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 2, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
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
Filed under: agriculture, Colorado, Environment, op-ed, Summit County Colorado | Tagged: agriculture, Alfalfa, deregulation of GM alfalfa, Genetic engineering, Genetically modified food, GM crops, Monsanto, Roundup, Summit County News, Syngenta, United States, US Department of Agriculture | Leave a comment »