A coalition of environmental groups are suing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, claiming the agency broke federal law by allowing genetically-modifed crops to be planted on national wildlife refuges.
From this story on the Mother Nature Network website:
Environmental and food safety groups filed suit on Wednesday against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, demanding it end the cultivation of genetically modified crops on Midwestern wildlife refuges. The groups claim the federal agency broke the law by entering agreements with farmers that allowed planting of biotech crops on refuge land in eight U.S. states without environmental reviews required by U.S. law.
_Most of the crops at issue are “Roundup Ready” biotech crops engineered by Monsanto to tolerate dousings of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, the plaintiffs said. Roundup Ready crops have been shown to “foster an epidemic of superweeds,” and create other problems for the environment, according to the plaintiffs. “National Wildlife Refuges are sanctuaries for migratory birds , native grasses, and endangered species,” said Paige Tomaselli, an attorney for the Center for Food Safety, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
“…The groups claim the government violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to do a complete environmental impact statement before allowing the biotech crops to be planted in the refuge areas. They also claim violations of wildlife protection laws. The Fish & Wildlife Service had no immediate response to the lawsuit._
Thoughts? Is this just a frivolous lawsuit, or should there be laws against planting GMO crops on national wildlife refuges?