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From: Barry Hearn
Subject: Court dismisses Greenpeace lawsuit against Bt crops
7:41 AM - Jul 26, 2000 EDT
Court dismisses Greenpeace lawsuit against Bt crops
by Julianne Johnston
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday said a federal court has
dismissed a case filed by Greenpeace against the agency regarding Bacillus
thuringiensis (Bt) crops. The lawsuit was filed in 1997, which was followed
this April by an 100-plus paper by the EPA detailing its past and ongoing
science-based evaluation of Bt crops.
The paper rebutted every argument that Greenpeace made. In their paper, EPA
concluded that the available scientific evidence indicates Bt crops have a
positive ecological effect when compared to likely alternatives.
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) hailed the federal court
decision, saying dismissal of the case affirms the EPA's regulatory policies
and its past scientific findings that Bt crops are safe for the environment.
BIO's executive director for food and agriculture, Michael J. Phillips,
said, "The dismissal also demonstrates that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit
were not able to produce credible scientific evidence to support their
charge that the EPA acted negligently in approving Bt crops."
BIO adds, biotech crops and foods have been the most tested and analyzed
farm products in history. In addition to the EPA, these products are
reviewed by USDA and the FDA.
> The lawsuit against the EPA was filed in 1997. The agency issued a
> 100+ page response in April 2000 detailing its past and ongoing
> science-based evaluations of Bt crops that refuted every argument that
> Greenpeace had made. In fact, not only did EPA find no valid data
> demonstrating adverse effects on Monarch butterflies or other non-target
> organisms, to the contrary, EPA concluded that the available scientific
> evidence indicate that Bt crops have a positive ecological effect when
> compared to likely alternatives. BIO and its members also filed
> responses in the case.
> Biotechnology crops and foods have been the most tested and analyzed
> farm products in history. In addition to the EPA, these products are
> reviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug
> For more information on Bt crops and agricultural biotechnology visit
> BIO's Web site, www.bio.org. To view EPA's rebuttal of Greenpeace's
> arguments, go to