9th Circ. Backs Nationwide Ban On Engineered Alfalfa

Law360, New York (September 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a setback for Monsanto Co., a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to overturn a nationwide ban on planting genetically engineered alfalfa, affirming the injunction until the threats the herbicide-resistant strain poses to conventional crops are better determined.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, chemical and herbicide manufacturer Monsanto and Forage Genetics Inc., all of which appealed the district court’s decision to ban the modified alfalfa until a court-ordered environmental impact assessment is...
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