A coalition of organizations and individuals recently filed suit against USDA over the approval of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa for commercial use. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Northern District of California.

The Center for Food Safety, Sierra Club, Western Organization of Resource Councils, National Family Farm Coalition, Beyond Pesticides, the Cornucopia Institute, Dakota Resource Council and two individual alfalfa seed producers contend that the agency improperly allowed the commercial release of the GE alfalfa — the first commercial release of a GE perennial crop — and failed to analyze the public health, environmental and economic consequences of the release.

The groups also claim that the GE alfalfa will likely contaminate natural alfalfa and ultimately prevent farmers from producing natural, non-GE alfalfa for markets that demand it.

The suit also cites the concerns of farmers about the release’s impact on export markets.

To read the complaint, go to: www.centerforfoodsafety.org

Cornucopia Institute