Judge Seeks Remedies in Alfalfa Suit

A federal judge says USDA should have better assessed the environmental impacts of genetically-engineered Monsanto alfalfa.

Published on: Feb 14, 2007

USDA violated the law by failing to adequately asses possible environmental impacts of Monsanto genetically engineered alfalfa before approving it, a federal judge ruled.

The New York Times said Wednesday that Judge Charles Breyer of the District Court in San Francisco ruled Tuesday that USDA had been "cavalier" in the approval process when it decided that a full environmental impact statement was unnecessary because the agency deemed the crop's environmental and economic impacts insignificant.

The judge asked USDA and the plaintiffs - a group of alfalfa seed companies and environmental and farm advocacy groups - to meet and propose remedies by February 26.

Monsanto was not named in the suit.