In a huge break for the United States’ anti-GMO movement, a federal judge ruled that the US Fish & Wildlife Service should not have allowed genetically modified crops to be planted within a Prime Hook, a national wildlife refuge in Delaware.
The suit, filed by the Center for Food Safety, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and the Audubon Society in Delaware, challenged that the US Fish & Wildlife Service knowingly put habitat at risk when it allowed farmers to plant GMO’s inside the 10,000-acre wildlife refuge. The results were better than anyone expected.
Not only did the federal agency not study the effects of GMO’s on wildlife enough, but the judge said that the federal agency did “not contest that their own biologists determined that these activities posed significant environmental risks to Prime Hook, including biological contamination, increased weed resistance and damage to soils.”
Environmental groups already have plans to use this ruling to go after GMO farming within other wildlife refuges across the US. The ruling has the potential to rejuvenate the anti-GMO movement and perhaps spur further research into their effects.
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