Ag Groups File Brief in Alfalfa Case

Supreme Court asked to review case.

Published on: Dec 9, 2009

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the American Seed Trade Association have submitted a joint friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a petition seeking review of the "alfalfa" case, "Monsanto v. Geertson Seed." As a result of this case farmers cannot plant biotech alfalfa.

 

In their brief, the organizations said the lower court's injunction against biotech alfalfa was made without the court conducting a thorough review of evidence and absent a finding of irreparable harm. They believe it was also made despite the fact that agricultural biotechnology already is adopted widely in the U.S. for a number of key crops, ranging from corn and cotton to papaya, sugar beets and soybeans.

 

They also say, lower courts failed to adequately consider the mountains of evidence that prove biotech alfalfa is safe, and thus those courts abandoned a well-established legal principle when they banned the planting of the crop. According to the brief, if left to stand, the lower court ruling could begin a wave of anti-biotechnology injunctions. Such a wave would generate uncertainty in the agricultural biotechnology industry, throughout American agriculture and in the global food market.