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USDA Reverses Course, Weighs Restrictions on Biotech Alfalfa

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New York Times

The Department of Agriculture is considering the imposition of geographic restrictions and isolation distances on the cultivation of a genetically modified crop, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today, a stark reversal of the agency's previously laissez-faire policies.

The deregulation of Roundup Ready alfalfa, engineered by Monsanto Co. to resist the popular herbicide glyphosate, could be accompanied by restrictions on seed production and, in some cases, cultivation of the hay itself, should USDA decide on implementing one of two preferred alternatives presented in a court-ordered environmental review of the crop, released today by the department.

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