Genetic Engineering

Friends of the Earth works to transform public policy to establish appropriate safety assessment and oversight of GMO crops and animals, and we lead campaigns to keep poorly regulated GMOs out of our food system. We advance regenerative organic and agroecological farming systems that are inherently healthier and that pose fewer risks for people, pollinators, animals and the planet.

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Conservationists and Farmers Sue Over Trump Administration Removal of Most Genetically Engineered Organism Regulation

Today, Friends of the Earth and allied plaintiffs filed a new federal lawsuit challenging a USDA decision to end most GE organism oversight.

Up to 144,000 Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes are Being Released in the Florida Keys

Despite scientific concerns and public outcry over the human health and environment risks, the field trial’s first phase will release up to 144,000 GE mosquitoes over the course of the next 12 weeks. The full trial will release up to a billion GE mosquitoes over a two-year period in Monroe…

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)


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Keeping Our Food System Safe
Keeping Our Food System Safe

Thanks to pressure from Friends of the Earth and thousands of our members who highlighted the many sustainability and health concerns surrounding genetically engineered salmon and the lack of consumer demand, 80 food retailers have made commitments to not sell GE salmon, including Walmart, Costco, Albertson’s, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and…

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GMO Animals: From Lab to Factory Farm
GMO Animals: From Lab to Factory Farm

Instead of altering the animal, we need to fix the farm. Instead of creating GMO pigs that are resistant to diseases, we should focus on the root cause of the problem: industrial agriculture and horrendous factory farm conditions.

Why Non-GMO Plant Based Proteins are One Solution to Factory Farming
Why Non-GMO Plant Based Proteins are One Solution to Factory Farming

Why do we need genetically engineered proteins when many other safe, sustainable and healthy non-GMO or organic plant-based meat and dairy replacements, and other plant proteins, are available and growing in popularity?

2018 Farm Bill Watch: A Sneak Attack on the Organic Standards?
2018 Farm Bill Watch: A Sneak Attack on the Organic Standards?

Because of its promise for rural America, organic agriculture has growing support from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. So why is there language in the Farm Bill that would weaken the organic standards?

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  • Gene-edited organisms in agriculture: Risks and unexpected consequences
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  • From Lab to Fork
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  • A Shopper’s Guide to Synthetic Biology
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  • Gene-Silencing Pesticides: Risks and Concerns
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  • Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes: Coming soon to Florida and Texas?
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  • Mosquitos Transgénicos: ¿Vienen pronto a Florida y Texas?
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