Emory Law Journal

Volume 61Issue 5

Turning Over a New Sprout: Promoting Agricultural Health By Fostering the Coexistence of Organic and Genetically Modified Crops in the Wake of Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms and the Deregulation of Modified Alfalfa

Joseph Kiefer | 61 Emory L.J. 1241 (2012)

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agricultural health of the United States requires the concurrent feasibility, or coexistence, of organic crops and genetically modified crops. Both types of crops offer separate environmental, economic, and health benefits. Modified crops, or crops infused with beneficial genes to increase yield or decrease the need for chemical applications, are ubiquitous in U.S. farming. Similarly, organic crops, or crops grown without modified genes, are gaining popularity. Unfortunately, the coexistence of organic and modified crops is threatened by the phenomenon of gene flow.

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Reversing the Perversion: Interpreting ERISA to Protect Employees Who Report Violations of Federal Law to Their Managers

Adam Reinke | 61 Emory L.J. 1287 (2012)

Congress enacted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to protect workers’ retirement savings from mismanagement and misuse. Section 510 of ERISA makes it unlawful for any individual to interfere with a person who attempts to enforce her rights under ERISA. Section 510 also contains an antiretaliation provision, which protects employees who report potential ERISA violations by imposing civil penalties on employers that commit an adverse employment action against an employee in retaliation for making such a report.

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