Victory for Biotech

A Supreme Court ruling that came down on Monday was a "victory for Monsanto and others in the agricultural biotechnology industry," according to the New York Times. In a 7-to-1 decision, the Supreme Court found that a San Francisco federal district judge's 2007 ruling that led to a ban on planting genetically engineered alfalfa seeds, known as Roundup Ready alfalfa, was too far-reaching. The court said that the ruling should have left room for a partial approval of the seeds to be considered.

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