June 6th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
The USDA must complete an Environmental Impact Study before Monsanto’s GM sugar beets will be allowed to continue being grown for commercial use, a federal appeals court decided in late May.
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March 24th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Attorneys for the Center for Food Safety and the non-profit environmental law firm, Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit against the USDA last week challenging their January 27 decision to deregulate genetically modified alfalfa.
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February 14th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
A genetically modified (GM) corn variety developed exclusively for ethanol use in fuel was approved last week by Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, amidst a chorus of food manufacturers concerned the biotech corn will contaminate non-GMO crops.
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February 8th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Despite a court order to conduct a thorough Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets before deregulating the seeds, The USDA has decided to continue allowing the planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets.
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January 31st, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
In a surprising move, three well known organic brands gave a supportive nod to what they’re calling “the conditional deregulation” of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. The nation’s first certified organic retail chain, Whole Foods—who has a storewide policy banning the sale of GM foods—along with the largest organic yogurt brand, Stonyfield Yogurt, and Organic Valley, the largest co-op of organic meat, egg and dairy farmers issued their formal support in lifting restrictions on growing GM alfalfa.
Read More:Organic Leaders Targeted in Approval of Monsanto’s GM Alfalfa