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Charles Benbrook: How GMOs Have Spawned Superweeds

Charles Benbrook, the chief scientist at The Organic Center, is a pesticide policy expert and weed resistance specialist who has worked on agricultural policy, science and regulatory issues in Washington, D.C. The use of genetically engineered crops has spawned the creation of so-called "superweeds," which force farmers to use more toxic herbicides for weed control.

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GMOs: Engineering an Environmental Disaster

Earthjustice attorney Paul Achitoff discusses how genetically engineered crops harm the environment by increasing pesticide use, creating superweeds and contaminating other crops.

Lifting the Secrecy Around Chemical Safety

Managing Attorney Marianne Engelman Lado discusses Earthjustice's work to fix our nation's broken toxics regulatory system and to lift the secrecy around chemical safety.

Client Frank Morton On Genetically Modified Crops

Earthjustice client Frank Morton, an organic farmer and seed grower in the Willamette Valley, believes that the USDA’s approval of genetically engineered sugar beets poses a threat to his organic seed crop. Roundup Ready sugar beets are wind pollinators, which means that pollen from Roundup Ready beets could contaminate non-GE beets and other compatible species, such as red chard.