Federal court says no to GE alfalfa
No GE until an environmental impact statement is released
Although the suit was brought against USDA, Monsanto Co. and Forage Genetics entered into the suit as defendant-intervenors, according to CFS. In September 2008, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s ruling, but the intervenors continued to press the appeal alone, requesting the appellate court to rehear the case. The latest decision denied the request and re-affirmed the earlier decision in full.“This ruling affirms a major victory for consumers, ranchers, organic farmers and most conventional farmers across the country,” said Andrew Kimbrell, CFS executive director. “Roundup-Ready alfalfa represents a very real threat to farmers’ livelihoods and the environment. This ruling is a turning point in the regulation of biotech crops in this country,” added Kimbrell.