Food Safety News & a Fire’y Sunset

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…re-posted press release from ‘Center for Food Safety’
 
“One thing that is distinct about the Center for Food Safety is that they are very effective litigators on these issues and no one has more success in raising issues in the courts…” – Michael Pollan
Award-winning author of ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ and ‘In Defense of Food’.
Center for Food Safety and International Center for Technology Assessment Hail 
Supreme Court Decision on Patenting of DNA  …June 13th, 2013

Nearly 15,000 gene patents no longer valid as a result to today’s ruling
Today, the Supreme Court declared that Myriad Genetics’ patenting of DNA violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against patents on laws of nature and natural phenomena. The decision positively impacts tens of thousands of people.  Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) have worked for nearly 20 years to oppose the patenting of DNA and worked closely with Breast Cancer Action, one of the plaintiffs in the case.  CFS submitted legal briefs at all three stages of the case, including the Supreme Court.

“Today the Court has confirmed once and for all that all genes are part of the natural world and cannot be patented,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “This groundbreaking decision is a victory for all of us that have long argued that nature and humanity should not and cannot be owned and controlled by corporations.”

“The decision is an important step in restoring balance to medical and scientific research, to move beyond flawed gene theory, and protecting people and nature from patent-created exploitation,” added Kimbrell.

Read full story …..

CFS represented the following groups in their Supreme Court brief:

International Center for Technology Assessment
Council for Responsible Genetics
Greenpeace
Indigenous People’s Council on Bio-colonialism
Friends of the Earth
Center for Environmental Health

More information can be found at www.centerforfoodsafety.org

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Fire’y Bellingham Bay Sunset on June 5th 2013 for you…..

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Bellingham Sunset June 5th

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Bellinham Sunset June 5th - B

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Bellingham Sunset June 5th - C

4 – Downtown Building Art extra….  :)

Bellingham building art

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