CRG's Comments to FDA re Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

by Admin 21. November 2015 00:56
Federal docket number: FDA-2015-N-3403   COUNCIL FOR RESPONSIBLE GENETICS’ RESPONSES TO REQUEST FOR INFORMATION PUBLISHED AT 80 FED. REG. 60,414 – 60,416 (Oct. 6, 2015): “Clarifying Current Roles and Responsibilities Described in the Coordinated Framework for the Reg... [More]

Second probe finds more safety lapses at CDC anthrax labs

by jeeg 15. July 2014 18:36
  A second U.S. investigation into last month’s mishandling of anthrax bacteria at federal government laboratories in Atlanta has found additional safety lapses, such as anthrax stored in unlocked refrigerators in unrestricted hallways, according to a document released Monday by a Hous... [More]

Reports warn of lax inspections, bioterror lab risks

by jeeg 3. April 2013 20:40
The United States is at increased risk for accidents at laboratories conducting research on potential bioterror germs, such as anthrax, because federal officials have failed to develop national standards for lab design, construction and operation, according to a report to be ... [More]

Battle Brewing Over Labeling of Genetically Modified Food

by jeeg 25. May 2012 17:54
On a recent sunny morning at the Big Y grocery here, Cynthia LaPier parked her cart in the cereal aisle. With a glance over her shoulder and a quick check of the ingredients, she plastered several boxes with hand-designed stickers from a roll in her purse. “Warning,” they read. &ldqu... [More]

Wait, Did the USDA Just Deregulate All New Genetically Modified Crops?

by jeeg 11. July 2011 21:31
It's a hoary bureaucratic trick, making a controversial announcement on the Friday afternoon before a long weekend, when most people are daydreaming about what beer to buy on the way home from work, or are checking movie times online. But that's precisely what the US Department of Agriculture ... [More]

USDA moves to let Monsanto perform its own environmental impact studies on GMOs

by jeeg 5. May 2011 23:20
Last August, Federal Judge Jeffrey White issued a stinging rebuke to the USDA for its process on approving new genetically modified seeds. He ruled that the agency's practice of "deregulating" novel seed varieties without first performing an environmental impact study violated the National Env... [More]

USDA Gives Green Light to GE Alfalfa

by jeeg 24. February 2011 00:07
In late January, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary Tom Vilsack announced approval of the commercial cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. The decision came after a long debate—and legal battle—over the safety of GE alfalfa. Those who oppose... [More]

Who's in the Obama Administration?

by jeeg 21. February 2011 23:54
Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary As Iowa Governor, Tom Vilsack was a leading advocate for Monsanto, genetic engineering, and factory farming. President Obama proudly lauded his new Agriculture Secretary for "promoting biotech." Vilsack has, in fact, promoted the most controversial and dange... [More]

Genetically engineered alfalfa isn't necessary

by jeeg 17. February 2011 22:40
Alfalfa's roots go deep in the soil and deep in history. Prized by the ancient Persians, this high-protein "Queen of Forages" is still treasured. It is the fourth-largest crop grown in the United States, primarily for feeding cattle. And it is the latest one to fall to the Empire of Monsanto. ... [More]

Why Aren’t G.M.O. Foods Labeled?

by jeeg 16. February 2011 23:53
If you want to avoid sugar, aspartame, trans-fats, MSG, or just about anything else, you read the label. If you want to avoid G.M.O.’s — genetically modified organisms — you’re out of luck. They’re not listed. You could, until now, simply buy organic foods, which ... [More]
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