Supreme Court Hears Biotech Alfalfa Case on Tuesday


The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday involving a federal judge’s temporary ban on Roundup Ready Alfalfa, setting the stage for the court’s first-ever ruling on biotech crops.

Legal experts do not expect a blockbuster decision on the merits of regulating biotech crops, but the case, Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, has drawn widespread interest because the justices could issue a ruling that would raise or lower the threshold for challenges under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Monsanto appealed to the Supreme Court last year after the 9th Circuit Court upheld the ban for the second time. The American Farm Bureau Federation disagreed with the ruling by the 9th Circuit, arguing with its conclusion that the mere fact that a product is genetically engineered constitutes harm to the environment. AFBF believes this is contrary to the overwhelming body of scientific evidence.

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