Monsanto's Modified Alfalfa Isn't 'Plant Pest,' 9th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday cleared the way for widespread cultivation of Monsanto Corp.'s genetically modified alfalfa, agreeing with a trial judge that federal regulation of the plant cannot continue because it is not a “plant pest” that will damage or injure other plants.

The appeals court affirmed U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti's dismissal of a suit that was filed by environmentalists and others after the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an order in 2011 finding pesticide-resistant Roundup Ready alfalfa did not present any direct or...
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