Thursday, U. S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled that a nationwide ban against planting Roundup Ready alfalfa stands. In his ruling, Breyer says that an injunction against planning more of the crop should stay in place until more government tests examining its environmental effects are completed.
Breyer is the same judge who issued the preliminary injunction in March.
However, he did not stop the harvesting and sale of Roundup Ready alfalfa that has already been planted.
But, the judge did order that pollinators not be added to fields grown only for hay production. He says this was ordered to minimize the risk of “genetic flow” between the genetically engineered alfalfa and conventional and organic crops.
In addition, equipment used to produce Roundup Ready alfalfa must be properly cleaned after use and clearly identified to minimize mixing after harvest.