The U.S. government has approved a biotech alfalfa that — according to critics — will spell havoc for farmers and the environment. A coalition of farmers, consumers and environmental activists Thursday sued the government for the approval.
The lawsuit contends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture ‘improperly’ is allowing Monsanto Co. to sell an herbicide-resistant alfalfa seed, thus kicking up another front in the battle over genetically modified crops. The lawsuit further alleges that the government fails to analyze the public health, environmental, and economic consequences of that action.
One of the plaintiffs, Will Rastov, an attorney for Center for Food Safety said, “The USDA failed to do a full environmental review when they deregulated this genetically engineered alfalfa… They’re going to wreak untold dangers into the environment.”