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Renewed Hope for Eastern Monarch Butterfly?

Renewed Hope for Eastern Monarch Butterfly?

The yearly count of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico, released Wednesday, shows an increase of 144 percent from last year’s count and is the highest count since 2006. That’s good news for a species whose numbers had fallen in recent years, but conservationists say the monarch continues to need Endangered Species Act protection. The count […]

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    GMO Labeling: Public Interest Advocacy Group Sues Trump Over Secrecy

    GMO Labeling: Public Interest Advocacy Group Sues Trump Over Secrecy

    Last week, Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued the Trump Administration for refusing to make public documents surrounding its decision on how to label genetically engineered (GE or GMO) foods. On May 3, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released long-awaited proposed regulations for the first-ever U.S. mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic […]

    Victory for Whistleblowers in North Carolina: Court Reinstates Constitutional Challenge to ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

    Victory for Whistleblowers in North Carolina: Court Reinstates Constitutional Challenge to ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s anti-sunshine law can go forward, reversing the decision of the federal district court. The law was designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct, and a coalition including […]

    Proposed GMO Food Labeling Could Leave 100 Million Americans in the Dark

    Proposed GMO Food Labeling Could Leave 100 Million Americans in the Dark

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday released the long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE or GMO), which it calls “bioengineered foods.” The regulations come out of a 2016 law signed by President Obama prohibiting existing state GE labeling laws, such as Vermont’s, that required on-package […]

    Hawaii Becomes First State in the U.S. to Ban the Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

    Hawaii Becomes First State in the U.S. to Ban the Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

    Tuesday Hawaii made history, as it became the first state in the U.S. to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a highly toxic neurotoxin that causes significant damage to brain development in children. The pesticide’s detrimental health effects led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Obama administration to propose banning all of its agricultural uses, […]

    Environmentalists and Farmers Seek Court Decision Halting Use of Dow’s ‘Agent Orange’ Pesticide

    Environmentalists and Farmers Seek Court Decision Halting Use of Dow’s ‘Agent Orange’ Pesticide

    Late Wednesday, a coalition of environmental organizations and farmers represented by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed new legal papers in federal court seeking the reversal of Scott Pruitt and the Trump Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of Dow Chemical’s toxic pesticide, Enlist Duo. The novel pesticide is a combination of glyphosate […]

    Native Shrimp Must Be Saved From Neonics, Washington State Rules

    Native Shrimp Must Be Saved From Neonics, Washington State Rules

    Monday, the Washington Department of Ecology sided with Center for Food Safety and numerous other community and conservation groups, and denied shellfish growers a permit to spray imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid, on shellfish beds on Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, in southwest Washington. The requested permit would have allowed shellfish growers from Willapa-Grays Harbor Oyster Growers […]

    Monarch Butterfly Migration Could Collapse, Scientists Warn

    Monarch Butterfly Migration Could Collapse, Scientists Warn

    The yearly count of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico, released Monday, shows a decrease from last year’s count and confirms the iconic orange and black butterfly is still very much at risk. The count of 2.48 hectares of occupied winter habitat is down from 2.91 hectares last winter. Overall, monarchs have declined by more than […]