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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.
February 2nd, 2004
CFS Calls on Government Agencies, Food Processing Companies, the Agriculture Industry, and Medical and Veterinary Professionals to Protect Consumers, the Economy, and Animals from Mad Cow Disease
The above-mentioned groups call on public officials, food processing companies, the agriculture industry, and medical and veterinary professionals to adopt the following measures to ensure that mad cow-like diseases pose no threat to our health, to .
January 14th, 2004
CFS Sues FDA to Regulate Genetically Engineered GloFish
The Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) and Center for Food Safety (CFS) today filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court to block the sale of the first ever genetically engineered pet, called the GloFish.
December 31st, 2003
EPA Denies CFS' Petition to Stop the Land Application of Sewage Sludge
New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2003, EPA denied a petition requesting that the agency ban the land application of sludge.
November 25th, 2003
New Study Dispels Biotech Industry Claims of Pesticide Reduction
New USDA data has revealed that the widespread planting of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton, on million acres of U.S. farmland since 1996 has resulted in a dramatic increase in the use of pesticides over conventional crops.
November 25th, 2003
CFS Files Petition with FDA Concerning Results of Irradiated Meat Test
Public Citizen and the Center for Food Safety today formally petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its approval of irradiated ground beef.