Supreme Court Hears Arguments over Genetically Modified Seed Sales

Oaxaca gm corn mural; photo by Chris Stowers at oaxacanyear.blogspot dotcom

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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2 responses to “Supreme Court Hears Arguments over Genetically Modified Seed Sales

  1. And, btw, Obama’s SCOTUS pick, Kagan, is another Monsanto goon who is in on this case:

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/09-475.htm
    No. 09-475
    Title:Monsanto Company, et al., Petitioners
    v.
    Geertson Seed Farms, et al.
    Docketed:October 23, 2009
    Lower Ct:United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    Case Nos.07-16458, 07-16492, 07-16725)

    Attorneys for Respondents:
    Elena Kagan Solicitor General(202) 514-2217

    Counsel of Record, United States Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20530-0001
    SupremeCtBriefs@USDOJ.gov
    Party name: Federal Respondents in support of petitioners

    ****
    Mike5000 at Buzz Flash just passed along this info:

    Here’s the Kagan brief in the case you cited in #2. It’s a nasty piece of work.
    http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/briefs/pdfs/09-10/09-475_RespondentFederal.pdf

    Take a look at brief page 15 which is PDF page 23.

    Kagan, as Solicitor General of the United States, is trying to help Monsanto get around NEPA by arguing that the Obama administration says Monsanto’s GM alfalfa is OK and the courts and the laws on the statute books should give way before the government’s opinion. GM alfalfa escaped from fields during trials and would of course escape again if GM alfalfa were sold but Kagan argues that the government’s opinion – an opinion presumably bought by Monsanto with large campaign bribes – trumps mere facts.

  2. Old stuff, damn, but the art is damned cool.

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