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United States: Court Rules Agency’s Deregulation of Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets Violated Federal Environmental Law

(Oct. 20, 2009) A federal district court has ruled that a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to deregulate a genetically engineered form of sugar beets without preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The USDA has authority under the Plant Protection Act to regulate genetically engineered […]

Kenya: Law on Use of Genetically Modified Crops

(Feb. 27, 2009) On February 13, 2009, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki signed into law the Biosafety Bill of 2008, making Kenya the fourth African nation, after Burkina Faso, Egypt, and South Africa, to allow the use of genetically modified crops for farming. The legislation establishes a National Biosafety Authority under the National Council for Science […]

Sri Lanka: Bill Prohibiting Slaughter of Cattle Introduced

(Feb. 5, 2009) On January 30, 2009, a Private Member's bill on prohibiting the slaughter of cattle was given to the Speaker of the Sri Lankan House. Acting as an independent, Wijedasa Rajapaksha, the sponsor of the bill and a ruling party member, argued that killing cattle in Sri Lanka is a breach of the […]

Peru: Promotion of the Organic or Ecological Production

(Mar. 2, 2008) Law No. 29196 promulgated on January 24, 2008 adopts provisions to promote the sustainable and competitive development of organic or ecological production in Peru. The specific objectives of this Law are to: encourage and promote the organic production to overcome poverty; provide food guaranty and the conservation of ecosystems and biological diversity; […]