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?