Friday, April 21, 2006

U.S. Interior Department Sued over Genetically Modified Crops

U.S. Interior Department Sued over GMO Plantings
ENN: Environmental News Network
April 07, 2006
— By Carey Gillam, Reuters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A coalition concerned about the cultivation of genetically modified crops in wildlife refuge areas filed suit against the U.S. Interior Department Wednesday, saying government workers illegally approved the planting.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, seeks to block further cultivation of the crops at the Prime Hook refuge outside Dover, Delaware. Prime Hook is one of more than 500 federal wildlife refuges.

It named as defendants the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and its parent agency, the Interior Department. The plaintiffs are the Delaware Audubon Society, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Center for Food Safety.

The plaintiffs said they discovered "a top Bush administration political appointee" overruled the wildlife refuge manager in allowing the genetically altered crops to be planted on land designated as a national wildlife refuge in violation of department policy.

Officials with Fish and Wildlife and the Interior Department declined to comment immediately. The plaintiffs say the genetically modified crops and the pesticides associated with growing them can have negative effects on birds, aquatic animals, other wildlife and plant species.

"These refuges are supposed to be for wildlife, not chemical companies or agribusiness," Gene Hocutt, a spokesman for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

"Plowing up native grasses for mutated row crops constitutes biological malpractice of the highest order and a betrayal of the purposes of the National Wildlife Refuge System." As many as 100,000 acres of refuge lands are under cultivation to genetically modified crops, according to agency documents obtained by PEER under the Freedom of Information Act."

Since WHEN does a 'political appointee' have the education and experience to overrule a wildlife refuge manager? And who in their RIGHT mind thinks that crop pollen is going to STAY in the allotted growing spot? These people are a bunch of idiots. This whole story makes me sick.

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them
as much as you please.
--Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Experience in the US Midwest with GM crops has proved the danger to the wildlife refuge. In the Midwest, over half of the corn and soybeans are genetically modified and the crops cover mile after mile and the pollen goes everywhere; on people, dogs, cats, cows, pigs, gardens, lawns, everything all over. Squirrels and rabbits are breaking out in pustulating sores and littering the highways with their rotting bodies. People are going blind and lame. Wild flowers are giving birth to ears of corn. Pigs and cows are going bald. The effects of GM crops on millions of acres proves totally that there's danger to a wildlife refuge.

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