Source: Agricultural Retailers Association

The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments on April 27 regarding a lower court ruling that imposed an injunction against the planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa until the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed an environmental impact study, according to the Agricultural Retailers Association. The arguments relate to a September 2008 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Geertson Seed Farms v. Johanns) that upheld a nationwide injunction issued in 2007 by a lower federal district court because of alledged cross-contamination of nearby fields. The federal district court ruled that APHIS improperly granted Monsanto's petition for non-regulated status for Roundup Ready alfalfa without first determining whether the crop would have a significant environmental impact. Monsanto, Forage Genetics International, and allied industry partners appealed the court rulings to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

ARA wrote a letter to APHIS in strong support of Roundup Ready alfalfa and APHIS' draft "environmental impact study," which states that Roundup Ready alfalfa would pose no harm to the environment or humans.

For more information on the Supreme Court Hearing

More information on APHIS' proposed environmental impact study.