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Groups Urge Regulation of Genetically Engineered Animals Stay with FDA not USDA

This week, thirteen national advocacy groups concerned about public health, environment, and animal welfare urged key federal agencies to maintain regulatory authority over genetically engineered food animals within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Read More

New report: California school meals fall short on health and climate goals with meat-heavy menus

A first-of-its-kind analysis, the Friends of the Earth report offers substantial data to track progress towards healthy, climate-friendly school meals, recommending a shift to more plant-based entrees on kids’ lunch trays. Read More

Friends of the Earth Statement on the Confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Agriculture Secretary

Secretary Vilsack’s second tour at US Department of Agriculture must look dramatically different than his first. Read More

Environmental, Consumer Groups Demand Home Depot and Lowe’s End Sales of Cancer-Linked Roundup

Lowe's and Home Depot are well-aware of the research that shows glyphosate is linked to an increased risk of cancer. And yet these dangerous pesticides still line their shelves, Read More

Top Food Service Company Aramark Rejects Genetically Engineered Salmon Ahead of First U.S. Sales

Top food service company Aramark just announced its commitment not to sell genetically engineered (GE) salmon. The producer of the salmon, AquaBounty Technologies, announced plans to sell its first-ever harvest in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021. Read More

Billboard at Kroger HQ Demands Retailer Eliminate Bee-killing Pesticides Used to Grow Food it Sells

A new billboard near the Cincinnati headquarters of Kroger (NYSE: KR) demands that the largest traditional grocery corporation in the U.S. stop using toxic pesticides linked to dramatic declines in populations of bees and other pollinators essential to food production. Read More

Friends of the Earth Statement on Impending Nomination of Tom Vilsack for USDA Secretary

We are deeply disappointed that President-elect Biden appears to have selected an agribusiness lobbyist with a tarnished record on civil rights, consolidation, and the environment as his USDA Secretary. Read More

160+ Organizations Urge President-Elect Biden to Withdraw Heidi Heitkamp from Consideration for USDA Secretary

A coalition of more than 160 environmental, food justice, sustainable agriculture, workers’ rights, animal welfare, social justice, public health, and anti-hunger organizations sent a letter today to President-Elect Biden, Vice President-Elect Harris, and their transition team opposing Heidi Heitkamp as a potential nominee for USDA Secretary. Read More

Federal Court Declares Genetically Engineered Salmon Unlawful

Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated core environmental laws in approving the genetically engineered salmon. Read More

Public Comment on Darling 58 American Chestnut Closes

The release of genetically engineered chestnut trees could have irreversible and unpredictable impacts on vulnerable forest ecosystems. Read More