Enviros sue to block GM crops and pesticide use in wildlife refuges
Friday August 30 2013
Environmental groups filed suit this week in federal court to revive their effort to block the planting of genetically modified crops and curb pesticide use in national wildlife refuges across the Midwest region.
The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) unlawfully entered into cooperative farming agreements without conducting the environmental analysis required by federal law. It alleges that the agreements wrongfully permit the planting of biotech crops and use of an array of pesticides, including the herbicides dicamba and 2,4-D, as well as several neonicotinoid insecticides.
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