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Nearly 15,000 gene patents no longer valid as a result to today’s ruling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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4 – Downtown Building Art extra….  :)

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non-GMO News & Sunset

This is great… please share! Re-posted from ‘Center for Food Safety’ 

Target, Giant Eagle, Meijer and H-E-B Join Retailers in Rejecting GE Salmon

Sign the PetitionTarget, Giant Eagle, Meijer and H-E-B have just agreed not to sell genetically engineered fish in their stores! These retail giants join over 55 other food retailers that made similar commitments earlier this year, including Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Whole Foods, Marsh and   Hy-Vee.

Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and a coalition of thirty consumer, food safety, fishing, environmental, sustainable agriculture, parent, public health and animal welfare organizations, have launched a national campaign for GE-Free Seafood. We’ve reached out to the nation’s top grocery stores, seafood companies, and seafood restaurants asking them to commit not to sell genetically engineered fish should it come to market. 

Some of the biggest grocery stores in the U.S. have already replied, stating that they will not sell genetically engineered salmon in their stores. Together, these supermarkets and restaurants are showing that they care about consumers and sustainable fisheries. But there are a lot more companies yet to sign!

Since the FDA has stated that it will likely not require GE fish to be labeled, consumers will have no way of avoiding the fish at the market unless companies make clear to consumers where they stand on the issue.  

Sign the petition to urge Supermarkets, Seafood companies and restaurants to take a position not to purchase, sell, or serve GE salmon. Read More….

Now..a pretty heavy duty storm hit Bellingham on May 13th.. here’s the sunset that went with it. Thanks for Stoppin’ by ‘Bellingham Blog’  a<|>w*                  (double-click on pic to super-size….  :)

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