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SCOTUS lifts partial ban on GM alfalfa in Monsanto v Geertson Seed


Condemns District Court for taking “middle course” instead of “extreme action”

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By Rady Ananda

On June 21, the US Supreme Court released its long awaited decision on the first case involving genetically modified crops, allowing the USDA to impose a partial deregulation, should it so choose. This would permit the sale of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa (RRA).  However, in its 7-1 ruling, the court also upheld the lower decision to ban complete deregulation.

SCOTUS found that the “District Court abused its discretion when banning a partial deregulation and in prohibiting the planting of RRA [Roundup-Ready alfalfa] pending completion of a detailed environmental review,” known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The decision flies in the face of the facts in this case, and subjects us to further contamination of our food supply.

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