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.each.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Mr. Andrew Kimbrell

West Coast Director

Rebecca Spector

Main address

660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE Ste 402

Washington, DC 20003 USA

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EIN

52-2165893

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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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

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

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

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

Where we work

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's strategies include legal actions, policy initiatives, market campaigns, and grassroots outreach.

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.

Here are some of the groundbreaking victories and accomplishments—protecting our food, our farmers, and our planet—that we have achieved:

— VICTORY! In June 2020, CFS received a victorious court ruling in our case against Monsanto-Bayer, Dow, Dupont, and the Trump administration in a case challenging the approval of several dicamba pesticides used on cotton and soy genetically engineered to be immune to the pesticide. The Court ruled that the pesticides' 2018 approval was unlawful for failing to analyze the adverse impacts to other farmers and their crops from off-field dicamba drift, which has decimated them, damaging millions of acres. The Court immediately revoked the approval, meaning the pesticide can no longer be sold or used. The Court cited "enormous and unprecedented damage" caused by dicamba in the last few years. This is a huge victory for farmers and the environment!

— New Lawsuit to Stop Glyphosate: In March 2020, CFS filed a major federal court challenge to EPA's recent decision to re-approve the toxic pesticide glyphosate (the main chemical used in Roundup). There is the mounting scientific evidence of glyphosate's hazards, including genetically engineered (GE) crops sprayed with glyphosate creating massive super weed problems and harming endangered species, and its human health hazards, including causing various cancers. CFS is representing front-line farmworkers who are disproportionately harmed by exposure to glyphosate. This critical case will continue in the coming year.

— New Lawsuit Filed to Secure Strong Federal GMO Food Labeling: In August 2020, CFS filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against USDA challenging the GMO labeling regulations on a number of grounds, including discriminating against tens of millions of Americans. The regulations do not mandate on-package labeling, and instead allow for digital "QR" codes that must be scanned with a smartphone. In addition to the QR code issue, when on-package text is used, the regulations limit it to only using the term "bioengineered" or "BE." In reality, for 25 years, every aspect of the issue—science, policy, and marketplace—has used the term genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GMO). Americans deserve the same meaningful labeling of GMO foods enjoyed by more than 60 other countries. This lawsuit is designed to ensure that Americans have the right to know how their food is produced, and that it's a right that everyone deserves.

Financials

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Center for Food Safety

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2020
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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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    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
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    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes