Based on information received in early May there seemed to be positive news for Roundup Ready alfalfa. According to EhayWeekly, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) mandated by a federal judge was “on track to be completed this year.” The EIS information was attributed to a source in the USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). It was good news for growers since other sources have said the EIS won’t be finalized until next spring.
Then, in June, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto and reversed the 2007 court ruling that prohibited planting of RR alfalfa. Before the ruling was announced environmentalists ramped up their effort to keep RR alfalfa from being deregulated. According to an EhayWeekly article, “A U.S. senator and congressman are trying to line up support among colleagues for a letter they intend to send to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking that USDA maintain the ban on genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa (a.k.a. Roundup Ready alfalfa).”
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