Thursday, April 29, 2010

Supreme Court Considers Genetically Modified Crops

The Supreme Court is set to have its first ruling on genetically modified crops. The issue: a federal judge's temporary ban on a breed of pesticide-resistant alfalfa.

The case, Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, has drawn widespread interest because the justices could issue a ruling that would raise or lower the threshold for challenges under the National Environmental Policy Act, according to The New York Times.

Legal experts do not expect an epic decision on the merits of regulating GM plants, and environmental groups, "don't expect anything good" to come from the Supreme Court's eventual decision, the New York Times reports. However, the decision could set precedent for future litigation on the introduction of GM crops.

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