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Thursday, June 23, 2011

GM CROPS: Plaintiffs cite ESA to block Roundup Ready alfalfa!

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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 4:01 PM /

Capital Press
Biotech opponents have revived their argument that USDA's deregulation of genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa unlawfully jeopardizes threatened and endangered species.
Center for Food Safety, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the agency, has asked a federal judge to overturn USDA's decision to fully commercialize the crop, which can tolerate glyphosate herbicides.
Aside from effectively requesting a moratorium on further planting of transgenic alfalfa, the group also wants the judge to issue an injunction that may limit or prohibit farmers from spraying the crop with glyphosate.
Biotech opponents claim the USDA failed to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before fully deregulating the crop earlier this year.
"We think that's ridiculous and we think the court will find the same thing," said Paul Achitoff, an attorney for Earthjustice who represents the plaintiffs.

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