June 25, 2009

the road to an alfalfa victory

In an acknowledgement that transgenic contamination can cause "irreversible harm to organic and conventional varieties of crops, damage to the environment, and economic harm to farmers", a U.S. court ruling prevents Monsanto from introducing Round-Up ready alfalfa.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday left in place an injunction barring Monsanto Co from selling its Roundup Ready alfalfa seed until the government completes an environmental impact study on how the genetically modified product could affect neighboring crops.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the company's request for a rehearing of its appeal and said it would accept no more petitions for rehearing in the three-year-old case.

Monsanto's only remaining avenue appears to be U.S. Supreme Court review.

read the Reuters story

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