Score another one for Monsanto. Genetically modified alfalfa was approved last week by the USDA. This stuff is similar to Monsanto’s other products: it resists their herbicide Roundup, so that weeds can be readily killed without killing the crop, ostensibly helping crop yields.

The organics industry is concerned, because organic food cannot have such genetic modifications, and cross-pollination might result in some organic fields getting “contaminated” with the GMO variety.

One thing to consider is whether or not this stuff really helps crop yields. As for many such regulatory matters, it may not be necessary to prove that the GMO alfalfa grows better than the regular variety as a component of getting regulatory approval. It is likely that all Monsanto had to do was show, to the extent possible, that no damage would ensue. To some, the more engineered something is, the better it sounds; but the proof will be in the pudding.


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