Straight to the Source
NOTE: This is only the latest in a series of major legal victories against GMOs!!
San Francisco, CA
(In his court order, Judge White noted, "farmers and consumers would likely suffer harm from cross-contamination" between GE sugar beets and non-GE crops. He continued, "the legality of Defendants' conduct does not even appear to be a close question," noting that the government and Monsanto tried to circumvent his prior ruling, which made GE sugar beets illegal.)
"USDA thumbed its nose at the judicial system and the public by allowing this crop to be grown without any environmental review. Herbicide resistant crops just like this have been shown to result in more toxic chemicals in our soil and water. USDA has shown no regard for the environmental laws and we're pleased that Judge White ordered the appropriate response."
"Today's decision is a seminal victory for farmers and the environment and a vindication of the rule of law. The public interest has prevailed over USDA's repeated efforts to implement the unlawful demands of the biotech industry."
Courts have twice rescinded USDA's approval of biotech crops. The first such crop, Roundup Ready alfalfa, is also illegal to plant, based on the vacating of its deregulation in 2007 pending preparation of an EIS. Although Monsanto appealed that case all the way to the Supreme Court and the High Court set aside part of the relief granted, the full prohibition on its planting ~ based on the same initial remedy granted here, the vacatur ~ remains in place.
This case is Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. C10-04038 JSW (N.D. Cal. 2010). http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/201...
It is often assumed by international parties that genetically modified (GM) crops have been eagerly adopted in the U.S. without effective opposition. This is incorrect. Over the past decade, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and a wide ranging coalition of consumer, farm and environmental organizations has used groundbreaking legal victories, market pressure and grassroots campaigns to halt the spread of GM crops in the U.S. and therefore potential spread of these crops internationally.