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November 3rd, 2004
California Initiative Finds Winning Formula for Protecting Farmers, The Environment from Engineered Crops
In what is being called “a victory for local communities,” citizens in Marin County, Calif., voted on Tuesday to join Mendocino and Trinity counties in blocking the growing of genetically engineered plants and animals.
October 26th, 2004
Is USDA Stacking the Deck in Favor of Genetically Engineered Bentgrass?
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) are engaged in a lawsuit against the USDA for its failure to perform adequate environmental review prior to allowing the field testing of genetically engineere.
October 5th, 2004
Immediate Injunction Sought on Field Tests of Genetically Engineered Turf Grass
The International Center for Technology Assessment has filed for an immediate injunction aimed at halting current and future field tests of genetically engineered creeping bentgrass.
September 20th, 2004
EPA Finds Contamination from Genetically Engineered Turf Grass Miles from Source
In a seminal study of gene contamination from genetically engineered creeping bentgrass, the U.S.
August 5th, 2004
USDA Sued Over Secrecy of Organic Agriculture Records
In order to address the growing threat to the integrity of national organic food standards, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in U.S. District Court.
July 27th, 2004
NAS Says Genetically Engineered Foods Not Proven Safe
“The NAS report tells us that genetic engineering may cause harmful unexpected changes in our food,” said Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist with Center for Food Safety.
July 26th, 2004
National Academy of Sciences to Release Report on Unintended Effects of Genetically Engineered Crops
In anticipation of the release of the NAS report on unintended effects due July 28, Center for Food Safety senior scientist Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman has prepared a briefing paper to assist you in understanding the complexities of this issue.
July 21st, 2004
Experimental Pharmaceutical Rice May Pose Serious Health and Environmental Hazards
Consumer and environmental organizations called on California state agencies today to conduct a rigorous investigation of the potential hazards posed by a biotechnology firm’s plan to produce pharmaceutical drugs from genetically engineere.
July 7th, 2004
Bush EPA Again Bows to Industry
Under final rules released June 30 by the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. fish farms will be allowed to remain largely self-regulating, governed only by a requirement to develop “best management practices.
June 22nd, 2004
Bush Administration Given Grade of "D" at Six-Month Anniversary of Mad Cow Finding
The Bush administration received a letter grade of “D” today for its efforts to prevent mad cow disease during the six months since a mad cow was found in the United States.
May 27th, 2004
International Coalition Intervenes in WTO Dispute Over Genetic Foods
In defense of the European Union’s de facto moratorium on the approval of genetically engineered foods and crops, a coalition of 15 leading public interest groups (see below for names) from around the world today filed a detailed amicus.
May 11th, 2004
Consumer Groups Expose Potential Conflict of Interest
George Soares, the chief counsel to the California Rice Certification Act Advisory board, may have a conflict of interest that could have clouded his advice to the Board when it recently approved guidelines for planting a controversial rice crop gen.
May 10th, 2004
Monsanto Pulls Plug on Embattled Biotech Wheat
Monsanto announced today that it is pulling the plug on genetically engineered wheat after seven years of development and failed efforts to win over farmers and the international wheat market.
March 29th, 2004
California Rice Commission Approves Genetically Engineered Rice
On Monday, March 29, the California Rice Commission (CRC) narrowly approved planting guidelines for genetically engineered (GE) rice crops developed by Sacramento biotech company, Ventria biosciences.
February 18th, 2004
Pressure Builds Against Genetically Engineered Wheat
Twenty-seven organizations formally endorsed a legal petition today asking the Bush Administration for a thorough analysis and public review of the social, economic and environmental impacts genetically engineered wheat.