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The Los Angeles Times reports that a federal judge in San Francisco has “overturned the Bush administration's 2005 approval of genetically engineered alfalfa seeds and stopped their sale for now,” ruling that the “US Department of Agriculture failed to adequately conduct an environmental impact study before approving them for sale.”

The seeds were developed by Monsanto Co., and are grown in 200,000 of the nation's 23 million acres of alfalfa. However, the concern is that the genetically modified seeds could migrate into fields where alfalfa is grown using more traditional methods.

According to the story, the ban will be remain enforced until either the judge makes it permanent or decides to lift it.

Monsanto has replied to the ban by saying that it has a “robust and responsible” approach to environmental stewardship.
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