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Legislators Caution USDA About adverse Impact Of Deregulating GE Alfalfa

July 2, 2010: 09:23 AM EST
In response to a USDA Draft Environmental Impact Statement that found “no significant impact” from using genetically engineered alfalfa, a group of U.S. legislators has appealed to the agency to retain the regulated status of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requires federal agencies to review the environmental impact of proposed actions, such as USDA's proposed deregulation of genetically modified seeds. In their letter, the lawmakers cautioned that genetically engineered alfalfa would contaminate the crops of both conventional and organic alfalfa farmers, and could cause economic harm to alfalfa seed producers and to the organic dairy industry. On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case involving Monsanto Corp., ordered the lifting of a nationwide permanent injunction on GE alfalfa.
Organic Consumer Association, "56 Members Of House And Senate Ask USDA to Stop Genetically Engineered Alfalfa", Press Release, Organic Consumer Association, July 02, 2010, © Organic Consumer Association
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