Battling Pesticides, GE Crops on U.S. Wildlife Refuges
The use of pesticides and the planting of genetically engineered crops on U.S. national wildlife refuges are illegal and damaging to the environment, say four advocacy groups who have filed a federal lawsuit to halt these practices on national wildlife refuges across the Midwest.
The Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides, Sierra Club and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, filed the lawsuit August 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The groups claim that the Fish and Wildlife Service, FWS, unlawfully entered into farming contracts on five refuges or wetland management districts in four Midwestern states – Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri – without the environmental analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act and the Refuge Improvement Act.
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