That new alfalfa from Monsanto apparently works by placing DNA from bacteria genes within the alfalfa’s DNA.

It’s interesting that one argument for Genetically Modified Organisms is that, hey, we’ve been doing that for centuries, by breeding dogs, beans and such.

But, really, traditional breeding and plant selection work did not involve interspecies breeding, did it? How would you cross a plant with a bacteria, except by sophisticated manipulations in the lab?

Approval of using this new, Round-up resistant alfalfa stems from a Supreme Court decision last June on the matter:

The Supreme Court on Monday lifted a nationwide ban on the planting of genetically engineered alfalfa seeds

So, one interesting question would be: what about genetic modifications involving inserting pieces of human DNA? Would the Supremes go for that, as well, or does it bump into some other thorny issues?


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