By Carey Gillam
* U.S. lawmakers call for continued ban on biotech alfalfa
* Say USDA has “ignored” regulatory authority
* Say U.S. organic dairy industry threatened
* Related sugarbeet court case delayed
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KANSAS CITY, June 23 (Reuters) – More than 50 U.S. lawmakers are calling on the U.S. Agriculture Department to keep Monsanto’s biotech alfalfa out of farm fields, despite a Supreme Court ruling this week that cleared the way for limited planting pending environmental reviews.
The lawmakers said the biotech alfalfa presents too great a risk to conventional and organic agriculture to ever allow it.
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