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Old 07-29-2010, 11:51 AM   #1
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Monsanto GM seed ban is overturned by US Supreme Court
The bio-tech company Monsanto can sell genetically modified seeds before safety tests on them are completed, the US Supreme Court has ruled.
21 June 2010 Last updated at 17:55 ET

BBC News - Monsanto GM seed ban is overturned by US Supreme Court
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Environmentalists had argued that there might be a risk of cross-pollination between genetically modified plants and neighbouring crops.
They also argued over-use of the company's weedkiller Roundup, the chemical treatment the alfalfa is modified to be resistant to, could cause pollution of ground water and lead to resistant "super-weeds".

But Monsanto says claims its products were dangerous amounted to "bad science fiction with no support on the record"...
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/09-475.pdf
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Hollow victory for Monsanto in alfalfa court case
17:33 22 June 2010 by Andy Coghlan

Hollow victory for Monsanto in alfalfa court case - environment - 22 June 2010 - New Scientist
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Monsanto appealed, and on Monday the Supreme Court ruled that the lower court had been "unjustified" in imposing its ban. However, it also ruled that the USDA had broken the law by allowing the seeds to be sold in 2005 in the first place.

This means the genetically modified alfalfa cannot be sold until the USDA carries out an impact assessment. Then, even if the assessment is favourable, the USDA will still have to decide whether to allow the seeds on the market, and there could be further legal challenges even if it does. "That could take years," says John Bianchi, a spokesman for the Center for Food Safety in Washington DC, which is representing the farmers.
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