The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on August 25, 2010 that it will potentially approve the long-shelved AquAdvantage transgenic salmon as the first genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for human consumption, and in early 2013 did grant this approval. The GE Atlantic salmon being considered was developed by AquaBounty Technologies, and genetically engineered to produce growth hormones year-round, creating a fish the company claims grows at twice the normal rate. This could allow factory fish farms to crowd the salmon into pens and still get high production rates.
Find additional details in the action alert from the Center for Food Safety.
Federal Court Rescinds USDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets: The order bans planting or sale of the controversial genetically engineered beet crop. The court denies Monsanto’s request to allow continued planting. Find additional details in the press release from the Center for Food Safety.
Supreme Court Ruling in Monsanto Case is Victory for Farmers, Consumers: The Supreme Court ruled June 21, 2010 in Monsanto v. Geerston Farms, the first genetically modified crop case ever brought before the Supreme Court. While the Court did reverse the original injunction, it also ruled that the ban on GMO alfalfa remains, and it is still illegal to plant or sell GMO alfalfa. This is a huge victory for Center for Food Safety as well as NCGA and others who signed on to an amicus brief in support of this case, but most importantly for the farmers and consumers we represent. The court ruled that an injunction was unnecessary since under CFS’s earlier Federal Court victory (which ruled that USDA violated NEPA and other environmental laws when it approved Roundup Ready alfalfa) the crop became a regulated item and illegal to plant. Please find more info in the CFS press release on the Center for Food Safety’s website.