On August 13th, Monsanto filed a notice of appeal in U.S. District Court seeking to overturn the permanent injunction on Roundup Ready® alfalfa.
The injunction, which was issued on May 3rd, prohibits the ongoing sale and planting of Roundup Ready® alfalfa while the USDA completes a court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The appeal seeks to correct the legal standards applied as the basis for the injunction, resulting in unnecessary restrictions on growers, seed dealers, Forage Genetics, Inc. (FGI) and Monsanto while the EIS is completed. The appeal also asserts that irreparable financial harm will unnecessarily fall on alfalfa growers, seed dealers, FGI and Monsanto as a result of the injunction, despite previous acknowledgement that Roundup Ready® alfalfa poses no harm to humans and livestock. The appeal will be heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Monsanto will also be communicating with farmers regarding the details of the Administrative Order on stewardship and handling practices for fields planted to Roundup Ready® alfalfa hay by March 30th. Throughout this matter, Monsanto and FGI have continued to support farmer choice by advocating for their ability to continue to access this important, environmentally sustainable technology and in a manner that is practical – adding productivity and profits to their farm operations.
Monsanto press release