By Jay Goodman Tamboli
Talk Radio News Service
Seed giant Monsanto argued in the Supreme Court today against a lower court’s injunction stopping sales of its “Roundup Ready” alfalfa nationwide. The injunction had been issued by the lower court after it found that the Department of Agriculture had failed to create an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the effects of Monsanto’s alfalfa on natural alfalfa crops.
In Court, Monsanto argued that the lower court had exceeded its authority and should have sent the case back to the USDA for the environmental study instead of making a judgment on the issue itself.
Lawyers for Geertson Seed Farms and other farmers, who had challenged the USDA’s 2004 decision to allow unregulated sale of the genetically-modified alfalfa, argued that Monsanto’s alfalfa might spread and cross-breed with their crops, “contaminating” them.
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