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US appeals court upholds GM alfalfa ruling

A US appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that the USDA’s January 2011 deregulation of Monsanto/Forage Genetics’ genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready alfalfa was legal. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on May 17th that the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) had correctly concluded that Roundup Ready alfalfa was not a “plant pest” under the Plant Protection Act (PPA).

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