Center for Food Safety

Center for Food Safety’s mission is to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture.

aka CFS   |   Washington, DC   |  www.centerforfoodsafety.org

Mission

Center for Food Safety's mission is to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture. Through groundbreaking legal, scientific, and grassroots action, we protect and promote your right to safe food and the environment. CFS's successful legal cases collectively represent a landmark body of case law on food and agricultural issues.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Mr. Andrew Kimbrell

West Coast Director

Rebecca Spector

Main address

518 C Street, NE Suite 200

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

52-2165893

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Center for Food Safety's mission is to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture. Through groundbreaking legal, scientific, and grassroots action, we protect and promote your right to safe food and the environment. CFS's successful legal cases collectively represent a landmark body of case law on food and agricultural issues. Every day we're in Court fighting some of our earth's biggest polluters: Monsanto-Bayer, Dow Chemical, Dupont, and the federal agencies that give these polluters a green light. The pesticides we are legally challenging disproportionately harm the health of farmworkers and family farmers, and the long-term health of our environment. Children and families should not be exposed to unsafe and carcinogenic chemicals in our food. Our legal team is here to stop the use of dangerous pesticides that threaten our health and the health of our planet.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food and Farming

CFS is committed to developing a new food future where organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture provide the baseline for what we eat. CFS is dedicated to developing food solutions emphasizing food that is organic and beyond, which includes farming methods that are biodiverse, socially-just, appropriately-scaled, local, and humane.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Migrant workers

While CFS does not oppose the use of technology in food as an overarching principal, CFS does have major concerns with certain technologies that may be harmful to human health and the environment. Our focus is to curb the use of these technologies until they have been proven safe.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Industrial agriculture is the leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other source. Yet, the role of agriculture in climate change--both as a problem and a solution--continues to be largely ignored. CFS is highlighting this critical connection and promoting climate-friendly food solutions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CFS is committed to protecting human health by holding government agencies accountable for ensuring the safety of our food. By advocating for a move away from the current industrialized system, CFS is creating a new food future that reduces foodborne diseases.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of audience members willing to take action on behalf of a specific issue

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Families

Related Program

Food and Farming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We got more than 50,000 people to demand that Tillamook Creamery support local family farms and not source from polluting factory farms. We’re currently advancing the next stage of this campaign.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CFS protects human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.

CFS uses an integrated suite of legal, policy, educational, and community organizing tactics to achieve our vision of creating a more healthy, sustainable, and transparent food system for everyone. Working in conjunction with impacted communities, much of our work begins at the legal or policy level. For example, we file impact lawsuits mostly against state and federal agencies for violating environmental and other laws. CFS then leverages our litigation to educate, empower, and mobilize individuals and impacted communities to demand change and advocate for progressive policies at the local, state, and federal level that will result in reduced toxins from agriculture in our environment and communities. CFS strategically pursues legal and policy actions as a way to create precedents that can be scaled and replicated across the country, systematically changing the legal and political environment that has enabled industrial agriculture to thrive.

For the last twenty-five years, Center for Food Safety has been at the forefront of creating a new food future, organizing an increasingly powerful food movement that is fighting the industrial agriculture model and promoting organic, ecological, and regenerative alternatives.

Center for Food Safety's experience and mission make it the perfect organization to fight for a better food system. CFS has a variety of tools in its arsenal including legal action, grassroots organizing, large media campaigns, and coalition building. These tools mean CFS is always ready and adaptable as we continue to pursue our members' goals.

The past year has been a historic one for Center for Food Safety. We are incredibly proud of our victories and accomplishments protecting public health, native salmon and oceans, animal welfare, endangered species and the environment, and pollinators like Monarch butterflies. During these challenging times, our work has increased, and we continue to fight every day to protect people and the planet. Together, we share a vision for a food system that prioritizes health and the environment and we're proud to share these updates with you.

First GE animal approval held unlawful: After a four-year CFS lawsuit, a federal court declared the approval of the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) animal, a GMO salmon to be illegal! This decision is a huge victory for wild salmon, the environment, tribes, and our fishing communities.

Overturned a toxic Monsanto pesticide: We had one of the most important legal victories ever against pesticides and GE crops in 2020. As a result of our lawsuit, we made history when a federal court overturned the approval of Monsanto's toxic pesticide dicamba, used primarily on GE crops. The decision also forced EPA to consider impacts of pesticide drift on farmers and the environment when approving future pesticides.

Saving Monarch butterflies! As a result of CFS’s legal and scientific actions and a court settlement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that Monarch butterflies deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This means Monarchs will soon be protected from further risk of extinction and put on the path back to recovery. This is a major and much needed victory for the survival of these iconic butterflies!

Banned brain-damaging pesticide: After studies found that the pesticide chlorpyrifos harms children's brain development, CFS wrote, lobbied, and passed a first-of-its-kind bill that banned the pesticide chlorpyrifos in Hawaii, and helped secure similar bans in California, New York, and now at the federal level.

Struck Down Illegal Aquaculture Regulations: CFS is one of the only organizations fighting industrial fish farms, also known as aquaculture facilities. We scored a landmark victory when a federal appeals court struck down illegal regulations that would have established for the first time permanent commercial aquaculture operations in U.S. federal waters. While the case centered on the Gulf of Mexico, the scheme was a model for all US federal waters.

Financials

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Center for Food Safety

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2022
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Board chair

Adele Douglass

Certified Humane

Adele Douglass

Humane Farm Animal Care

Randy Hayes

Rainforest Action Network; Foundation Earth

Andrew Kimbrell

Deborah Koons Garcia

Documentaries “The Future of Food” and “Symphony of Soil”

Dan Imhoff

Watershed Media

George Naylor

National Family Farm Coalition

Amy Bricker

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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