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February 17th, 2017
Climate Change Denier Scott Pruitt to Head EPA Despite Major Public Opposition
Public health, environment and wildlife will be put at risk WASHINGTON— Today amid controversy and public outcry the Senate voted to confirm vocal climate change denier Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agenc.
February 9th, 2017
Monarch Butterfly Population Drops By Nearly One-Third
Iconic Butterfly Has Declined by More Than 80 Percent in Recent Decades WASHINGTON— The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released today confirms butterfly numbers fell by nearly one-third from last year’s.
February 7th, 2017
HI House Committees Pass Six Bills to Protect Children from Toxic Pesticides
Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety Pressures Manufacturers to "Say What They Spray" HONOLULU— In a win for our keiki and our environment, today the Hawai‘i House Committees on Energy and Environmental Protection an.
January 23rd, 2017
Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides
Illegal approval of dicamba use on engineered crops will harm farmers, environment WASHINGTON— Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approva.
January 19th, 2017
How Sonny is the Future of Our Food and Environment?
America Deserves Committed Leadership WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former governor of Georgia Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
January 19th, 2017
Consumer and Environmental Groups Praise Klobuchar, Question if Sessions Can be Trusted on Antitrust Enforcement
WASHINGTON— Yesterday, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, questioned Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on his commi.
January 17th, 2017
USDA Grants Final Approval for Invasive GE Grass
Rushed Approval of Genetically Engineered Bentgrass Granted Despite Ongoing Threat to Agriculture, Environment PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S.
January 12th, 2017
EPA Identifies Risks from Bee-Toxic Pesticides, Delays Needed Action
Risk assessments of neonicotinoids show toxicity to pollinators, other species WASHINGTON— Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a much-anticipated series of analyses of risks associated with several bee-toxic n.
January 6th, 2017
Federal Biotech Updates Too Little, Too Late
2017 Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology Released WASHINGTON— Yesterday the federal government released the final version of updates to a policy document that will guide EPA, FDA and USDA oversight of biotechn.
January 5th, 2017
Consumer Groups Petition 16 Fast Food Chains to Reduce Antibiotic Use; Burger King’s Announcement Doesn’t Cut the Mustard
More than 125,000 consumers urge top fast food companies to take action in 2017 to prohibit regular use of antibiotics in meat and poultry WASHINGTON— Consumer health and food safety groups today delivered petitions signed by more t.
December 22nd, 2016
Joshua Noga to lead Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety’s Building Power Program
HONOLULU - Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi Center for Food Safety are pleased to announce that beginning January 9th, Joshua Noga will serve as Senior Program Manager for the HCFS Building Power Program.
December 15th, 2016
EPA Slams Big Ag’s Syngenta on Farmworker Safety Violations
HONOLULU— Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint against agrichemical giant Syngenta for putting the health and safety of farmworkers on Kauai at risk by violating several federal pesticide regulations.
December 12th, 2016
Canada to Protect Declining Monarch Butterfly as Endangered Species
Iconic Butterfly Has Declined by 80 Percent in Recent Decades WASHINGTON— The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada released a report today recommending that the monarch butterfly be protected as an endangered .
December 10th, 2016
California Water Grab Passes Vote in Senate
Dangerous provision overrides key environmental laws to benefit special interests WASHINGTON— Yesterday a damaging provision inserted into the important Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act passed a cloture .
December 8th, 2016
USDA: Escaped, Highly Invasive GE Grass Poses No Environmental Harm
Commercial Approval of Engineered Bentgrass Given Despite Failed Efforts to Stop Its Spread from Old Experiment Plots - PORTLAND, Ore.