Via the True Food Network:
CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY PRESENTS ARGUMENTS BEFORE SUPREME COURT ON BIOTECH ALFALFA:
States, Scientists, Organic and Conventional Farmers, Food Companies, Exporters, and Legal Scholars File Briefs in Support, Oppose Monsanto
Today the Center for Food Safety (CFS) faces off against Monsanto in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of farmers and public interest environmental organizations. Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, 09-475. is the first case involving genetically engineered crops that has ever been heard by the Supreme Court.
All the lower courts agreed that the planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa must be stopped because the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had failed to analyze the crop’s impacts on farmers and the environment. Although it remains undisputed that USDA violated environmental laws, and that it must rigorously analyze the genetically engineered crop’s impacts before deciding whether or not to approve it for sale, Monsanto is arguing that the lower courts should have allowed the planting of the illegal crop to go forward in the interim.
So let me get this straight. Monsanto isn’t even bothering to argue that approving their seeds violated the law, or that their seeds could have a potentially devastating effect on the environment. No. Instead, they’re arguing that DESPITE that, they should have been allowed to continue planting while the testing and studying was going on?
Are they kidding me? If that doesn’t sum up Monsanto’s greed and complete disregard for the world we live in (Hey! The world’s just one big test lab! What could possibly go wrong? Zombie Alfalfa?) I don’t know what does.
If you want to keep up with the case, keep checking back at The Center for Food Safety. They’re (obviously) covering it pretty thoroughly.
(and before anyone jumps all over me: No. I’m not unbiased where it comes to companies like Monsanto, and if you have a problem with that you should just stop reading my blog. They have shown time and time again their utter disregard for actual sustainable farming practices and truly feeding the world, in favor of “patent protection” and profit margins. Google them, farmer suicide and Vandana Shiva if you really want to understand why I have such loathing for them and anyone who supports them.)