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Don’t Let Monsanto Spin The Story

It comes as no surprise that Monsanto’s PR machine managed to spin the Supreme Court decision on June 21, 2010 (Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms) as being a ‘big win’. While the decision is complicated, the decision is by no means the victory that Monsanto was hoping for (and claimed through media outlets who didn’t do their homework).  The bottom line is that it is still illegal to sell or plant GMO alfalfa.

“The Justices’ decision means that the selling and planting of Roundup Ready Alfalfa is illegal. The ban on the crop will remain in place until a full and adequate EIS is prepared by USDA and they officially deregulate the crop. This is a year or more away according to the agency, and even then, a deregulation move may be subject to further litigation if the agency’s analysis is not adequate,” said Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety. “In sum, it’s a significant victory in our ongoing fight to protect farmer and consumer choice, the environment and the organic industry.”

Genetic contamination from GMOs are still considered harmful under the law, both from an environmental and economic perspective. We will keep you updated on any changes regarding the efforts to deregulate GE alfalfa. In the meantime, share this blog and make sure that you help your friends, family and social networks see past Monsanto’s PR campaign and maintain our fight against GE alfalfa!

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Eat Safe,

Lisa Madison
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    June 24, 2010

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    Rady said:

    Lisa, I’m afraid the Center for Food Safety is the one who is spinning this story. The Supreme Court decision is a win for Monsanto.

    Here’s my detailed analysis: http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/scotus-lifts-partial-ban-on-gm-alfalfa-in-monsanto-v-geertson-seed

    But, I’m not a lawyer. If you read the UCLA Berkeley Law dept. analysis which you cited, you’ll see they agree Monsanto won:

    “In short, the decision issued today is really a narrow procedural win for Monsanto and the government and a victory for the plaintiffs on standing grounds.”

    And, the decision was so bad that the very next day over 50 US lawmakers sent a letter to the USDA asking it to ban GM alfalfa, despite the Supreme Court decision.

    See yesterday’s Reuter’s article: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2326472520100623

    I can’t speak to why Center for Food Safety called that decision a win, but allowing GMOs to be planted while APHIS prepares its EIS is not a win for those of us who want zero GM crops planted.



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    June 24, 2010

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    Lisa Madison said:

    Rady, thank you for your note. This was a narrow PROCEDURAL win for Monsanto – it’s still illegal to sell or grow GE Alfalfa though, which is why the Center for Food Safety is declaring it a win for small family farmers.

    You can read a guest post from Lisa Brunin from Center for Food Safety on our blog here: http://www.freshthemovie.com/2010/06/24/david-and-goliath-battle-on-gm-alfalfa-and-how-the-media-got-it-wrong/

    Let me know what you think. Again, thank you for joining the conversation!

    Lisa



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    June 24, 2010

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    Rady said:

    thx, Lisa, but CFS is wrong. GMO alfalfa CAN be planted while USDA writes up the EIS.

    here is the exact language from the decision:

    “The District Court abused its discretion in enjoining APHIS from effecting a partial deregulation and in prohibiting the planting ofRRA pending the agency’s completion of its detailed environmental review.”

    The part “and in prohibiting the planting of RRA” (Roundup Ready alfalfa) means that the USDA can now authorize its planting WHILE preparing the Environmental Impact Statement.

    That’s why Over 50 Lawmakers asked USDA to deny Monsanto GMO alfalfa.

    This is what is so dangerous about the positive spin that CFS released – it’s leading to widespread disinformation that will harm the No-GMO movement.

    Read the Supreme Court decision at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/09-475.pdf