Thu January 27, 2011
USDA gives full approval to Monsanto's genetically-modified alfalfa
In its final environmental impact statement for the crop, released in December, the USDA proposed two options: either allowing commercial planting with no restrictions, or limiting where the alfalfa could be grown.
The decision to grant non-regulated status to the Monsanto seed line means farmers can plant it anywhere they want.
The USDA initially approved the crop with no restrictions in 2005, but was forced to reconsider its decision when environmental groups sued over concerns the genetically-engineered alfalfa could contaminate organic fields.