From CountryWorld Online
For the first time since 2006, Roundup Ready alfalfa has been planted, despite suits that aimed to block the action.
According to Monsanto.com the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service completed the Environmental Impact Statement in December 2010, and in January 2011, authorized the resumption of sale and planting of Roundup Ready (RR) alfalfa. Now, with alfalfa planting season well under way, consumers will soon see higher volumes of RR alfalfa on the market.
For some in the organic community, this refuels concerns about cross-contamination with organic alfalfa fields, while others are looking forward to the possibility of a higher quality alfalfa product.
“One thing to keep in mind, is that all alfalfa is a product of a breeding and genetics effort,” said Dr. Calvin Trostle, associate professor and Extension agronomist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center. “It is just the difference of Roundup Ready alfalfa, or other Roundup crops that they have introduced genetic material from other sources, outside of say an alfalfa plant, and the purpose of that genetic material could be insect control, could be disease resistance.”
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