Judge dismisses activist lawsuit to block GMO crop, pesticide use in wildlife refuges

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Conservation groups failed to show they would be harmed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s reversal of a previous ban on certain insecticides and genetically modified crops in national wildlife refuges, a Washington federal court said [September 24] in dismissing their lawsuit.

Injuries alleged by individual members of the groups are also too speculative to establish standing, according to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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The Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety sued the agency after decided in 2018 to reverse a 2014 pledge to phase out planting GMO seeds.

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