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Strategic partnership formed to develop algae biofuels

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 15 2012

Sapphire Energy will reportedly partner with the Institute for Systems Biology to bring systems biology solutions to the development of algae biofuels, an effort that is expected to significantly increase oil yield and improve resistance to crop predators and environmental factors

EC scientific committee seeks input on nanosilver safety

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 3 2012

The European Commission’s (EC’s) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) is seeking information on the health and environmental effects of nanosilver particles used in medical and consumer products

NRDC challenges EPA grant of conditional registration for nanosilver pesticide

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 2 2012

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has filed a petition in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking review of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) order granting a conditional registration for a nanosilver antimicrobial pesticide used in clothing, baby blankets, bed sheets, and other textiles

California initiates voter petition seeking mandatory labeling on biotech foods

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 19 2012

A group of environmentalists is reportedly seeking to qualify a voter initiative in California that would require special labels on foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients

Monsanto Co. wins patent infringement claims against GE soybean farmer

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 7 2011

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that farmers who plant the progeny of genetically engineered (GE) soybean seeds protected by U.S. patents have infringed those patents even where the progeny are derived from commodity seed purchased from a grain elevator

Environmental interests seek to halt GE crop cultivation in wildlife refuges

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 18 2011

Three environmental advocacy organizations have sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), contending that the agency has permitted farmers to cultivate genetically engineered (GE) crops on national wildlife refuge land in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act and Administrative Procedure Act

AborGen IPO plans change

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 19 2011

With a federal district court in Florida apparently poised to issue a ruling on whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) complied with environmental laws in approving open-air field tests of genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees, AborGen, the company that developed the “cold-tolerant” hybrid, has reportedly aborted plans to sell its shares on the NASDAQ exchange

Critics question APHIS pilot project on bio-engineered crops

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 5 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently sought participation in a pilot project that would allow those petitioning the agency for non-regulated status for genetically engineered (GE) crops to prepare the environmental reports on which the agency would base its environmental assessment or environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA

Market study highlights key algae biofuel, biochemical success traits

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 7 2011

Emerging Markets Online recently released an algae study that "highlights why some algae companies will be winners and some will be losers bringing their product from pilot to commercial scale from 2011-2020.”

Farmers and seed companies ask court to declare Monsanto GE seed patents invalid

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 7 2011

A coalition of more than 50 trade organizations, seed businesses, farms, and farmers has filed a lawsuit in a federal court in New York, to stop Monsanto Co. from enforcing its genetically engineered (GE) seed patents against farmers whose fields become contaminated with the GE seeds