Legal Overview of Genetically Engineered Organisms

 
Stevenson Grange #121’s 2018 Community Resiliency Program Series: “The Brain-Body and Creativity Connection”
 
Legal Overview of Genetically Engineered Organisms
 
Stevenson Grange #121’s 2018 Community Resiliency Programs continue with attorney Amy van Saun, from the Center for Food, in the Stevenson Community Library Gallery, on June 13, at 6:30 pm. Q & A to follow the program.
 
Ms. van Saun will talk about how genetically engineered (GE) crops fit into health issues through the pesticide use angle, as most GE crops are engineered to withstand direct application of pesticides and are thus vehicles for pesticide use. She will also discuss ongoing cases regarding some of the newest "stacked trait" GE row crops that are resistant to both glyphosate and older, more toxic pesticides like dicamba and 2,4-D (an ingredient in Agent Orange).
 
Amy van Saun and the organization Center for Food Safety have been fighting against the lack of regulation of GE crops (and, increasingly, trees, animals, and insects) and the widespread commercialization of this technology without adequate environmental and socio-economic assessment, and are opposed to the use of this technology to promote the use of pesticides (primarily glyphosate, as in Roundup™).
 
For more information on GEs and the Center for Food Safety, go to their
 
Amy van Saun is a staff attorney in the Center for Food Safety's Portland, Oregon office. After clerking for CFS in law school, Amy joined CFS as an attorney in 2015. As part of CFS's legal team, Amy practices environmental and administrative law to defend farmers, communities, and the environment from industrial animal factories, aquaculture, genetically engineered crops and animals, and the overuse of toxic pesticides, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Amy also works to protect the integrity of organics and ensure the transparent labeling of genetically engineered foods. A 2011 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Amy has focused her legal education and career on public interest environmental and food law, earning a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Prior to joining CFS, Amy served as a volunteer attorney with Earthjustice working on animal factories on the East Coast, and then litigated complex environmental insurance cases at a law firm in Manhattan. Amy is admitted to the bar in Oregon and New York.
 
This program is co-sponsored by Stevenson Grange #121 and the Stevenson Community Library.
 
All Community Resiliency Programs are Free and Open to the public.
 
For program information, please call Mary Repar at tel: (509) 427-7153 or e-mail repar@saw.net . Call Stevenson Library at (509) 427-5471 for directions or information.
 

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