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October 24, 2012

Genetically-Modified Crops Not Allowed on Southern National Wildlife Refuges

By Chad Love

A federal judge has ruled that genetically-modified crops can no longer be planted in southern national wildlife refuges.

From this story in The Washington Post
A federal judge sided on Tuesday with environmental groups that challenged the planting of genetically-modified crops on National Wildlife Refuges in the South. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg rejected the federal government’s argument that the environmental groups’ lawsuit was moot because the Fish and Wildlife Service had already agreed to stop the practice after this year.

According to the story, the Center for Food Safety and two other groups claimed the Fish and Wildlife Service violated environmental laws in allowing genetically-modified crops in the agency’s Southeast Region, which encompasses 10 states. The most common genetically-modified crops planted on refuge areas were Roundup-ready corn and soybeans.

Thoughts? Reaction? Is this a step in the right direction or a waste of time?

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from Alex Grimaudo wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I definetly think this is a step in the right direction. All three of the deer that have been taken from my hunt club so far this year have had cancer. One of the guys I hunt with is a doctor at Langley Airforce Base and believes that this excessive amount of cancer could bee related to the genetiacally modified crops in the area.

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from Dcast wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

This is a good day! GMO products should be outlawed, nothing good comes from making nature in a lab. We are to the best of my knowledge the only country that doesn't label GMO products and many countries have banned them. Not to mention why they are modified, they are modified to allow farms to dump massive amounts of toxic chemicals on them whether pesticides or insecticides. Where do you think most of those chemicals end up? Yeh thats right our water and in all our food for us to consume. People are worried about mining and drilling, why not this?

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from JamesD wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

In my opinion the judge made the right decision. Our public lands should not be used as laboratories. Like the discovery of gunpowder or nuclear power genetic engineering could be beneficial to mankind and end starvation, and as we reach for the stars could allow future astronauts to have a way to grow food on planets with less than ideal conditions. That maybe forward thinking but pandora's box has been open and prudence should dictate how we proceed. What has its good side also has its bad side and if history teaches us one thing its that in the wrong hands a good thing can become the next weapon of mass destruction.

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from shermanator wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I agree with the decision but this is all because that GMO can have affects on water and not only because of the chemicals in the GMO but also the plants themselves have protiens in them. This is though how the world is moving because of the increase in population and needing to increase yeilds which eliminating weeds is one of the easiest ways to increase yeilds by eliminating other plant and bugs

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

i agree with dcast, GMO products should be labeled

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from openureyes wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

GET GMOs OUT OF THIS COUNTRY NOW! Not just about public lands, we are putting our children at risk. Grow organic!! Your grandfather's generation got by fine without GMOs, why would we need em?

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from LEFTY2525 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I don't think this is a step forward. First off is the land leased or is it a wildlife habitat? I wouldn't be limiting the farmers. Also there is an extreme lack of information in this article. Are we talking about transgenic GMO's or non-transgenic GMO's? There also is no true non GMO corn crop out there. Due to cross pollination in corn, there are amounts of DNA from other corn plants that alter the DNA of the non GMO. This makes that corn NON ORGANIC. Plants and soil also metabolize out the chemicals applied. This leaves no trace amounts in the mature harvested product.

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from Rsm61 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

If any of you have ever seen the documentary on Monsanto Research and what (and why) the do to our foods, you would be against any and all genetic modification, period. The bad thing is, like one of the other posters noted, the corn cross pollinates with non-modified strains so there are effectively no pure strains left. Monsanto tests corn from various areas and if they find their genetic markers in it, they charge royalties for every bushel sold. They even found it in Mexico in corn that was grown from the same seed for hundreds of years.

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from shane wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Just realize that you guys are calling for regulations, destroying freedoms, and ruining the free market when you ask for labeling/banning of GMOs...

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from Alex Grimaudo wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

I definetly think this is a step in the right direction. All three of the deer that have been taken from my hunt club so far this year have had cancer. One of the guys I hunt with is a doctor at Langley Airforce Base and believes that this excessive amount of cancer could bee related to the genetiacally modified crops in the area.

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from Dcast wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

This is a good day! GMO products should be outlawed, nothing good comes from making nature in a lab. We are to the best of my knowledge the only country that doesn't label GMO products and many countries have banned them. Not to mention why they are modified, they are modified to allow farms to dump massive amounts of toxic chemicals on them whether pesticides or insecticides. Where do you think most of those chemicals end up? Yeh thats right our water and in all our food for us to consume. People are worried about mining and drilling, why not this?

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from JamesD wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

In my opinion the judge made the right decision. Our public lands should not be used as laboratories. Like the discovery of gunpowder or nuclear power genetic engineering could be beneficial to mankind and end starvation, and as we reach for the stars could allow future astronauts to have a way to grow food on planets with less than ideal conditions. That maybe forward thinking but pandora's box has been open and prudence should dictate how we proceed. What has its good side also has its bad side and if history teaches us one thing its that in the wrong hands a good thing can become the next weapon of mass destruction.

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from shermanator wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I agree with the decision but this is all because that GMO can have affects on water and not only because of the chemicals in the GMO but also the plants themselves have protiens in them. This is though how the world is moving because of the increase in population and needing to increase yeilds which eliminating weeds is one of the easiest ways to increase yeilds by eliminating other plant and bugs

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

i agree with dcast, GMO products should be labeled

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from openureyes wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

GET GMOs OUT OF THIS COUNTRY NOW! Not just about public lands, we are putting our children at risk. Grow organic!! Your grandfather's generation got by fine without GMOs, why would we need em?

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from LEFTY2525 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I don't think this is a step forward. First off is the land leased or is it a wildlife habitat? I wouldn't be limiting the farmers. Also there is an extreme lack of information in this article. Are we talking about transgenic GMO's or non-transgenic GMO's? There also is no true non GMO corn crop out there. Due to cross pollination in corn, there are amounts of DNA from other corn plants that alter the DNA of the non GMO. This makes that corn NON ORGANIC. Plants and soil also metabolize out the chemicals applied. This leaves no trace amounts in the mature harvested product.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Rsm61 wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

If any of you have ever seen the documentary on Monsanto Research and what (and why) the do to our foods, you would be against any and all genetic modification, period. The bad thing is, like one of the other posters noted, the corn cross pollinates with non-modified strains so there are effectively no pure strains left. Monsanto tests corn from various areas and if they find their genetic markers in it, they charge royalties for every bushel sold. They even found it in Mexico in corn that was grown from the same seed for hundreds of years.

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from shane wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Just realize that you guys are calling for regulations, destroying freedoms, and ruining the free market when you ask for labeling/banning of GMOs...

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