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Thank you Center for Food Safety for costing farmers millions

The statement in the oped piece that ldquoalfalfa is a waterguzzling croprdquo shows that the authors didnrsquot do their research If they had they would know that alfalfa is a high yielding crop thatrsquos highly efficient when it comes to water use
<p> The statement in the op-ed piece that &ldquo;alfalfa is a water-guzzling crop&rdquo; shows that the authors didn&rsquo;t do their research. If they had, they would know that alfalfa is a high yielding crop that&rsquo;s highly efficient when it comes to water use.</p>

Please send a thank you note to Andrew Kimbrell, executive director, The Center for Food Safety, 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE #302, Washington, D.C. 20003.

Thank him for the opportunity to spend far more money than necessary to control weeds in non-Roundup Ready alfalfa. And be sure to add special thanks for the chance to replant alfalfa stands that would have otherwise stayed in for another year or two had they been glyphosate-resistant. And, don’t forget to give him praise for lost income for not putting up extra high quality hay. Of course remind him of the environmental benefits of doing all of that as well.

If you would like to enclose a bill for all the wonderfulness Kimbrell and his band of lawyers afforded you, please keep a copy for your records for when the check comes in.

No guarantee, but it looks like Kimbrell and his band of parasitic government coffer marauders have lost the last and final round of their attempt to halt the sale of RR alfalfa. The U.S. Ninth Court of Appeals in San Francisco has upheld a lower-court ruling that unconditionally deregulated alfalfa genetically modified to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The same court that created the chaos over RR alfalfa in the first place now says  agriculture officials correctly ruled that Roundup Ready alfalfa is not considered a plant pest, as plaintiffs had claimed.“The Court of Appeals’ ruling provides legal certainty for U.S. alfalfa growers,” said Kyle McClain, Monsanto’s chief litigation counsel, in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg Businessweek. “The decision is an important reaffirmation of the federal government’s process for regulating biotechnology-improved crops.”


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The Plant Protection Act “does not regulate the types of harms that the plaintiffs complain of,” and the agriculture department correctly concluded that Roundup Ready alfalfa wasn’t a “plant pest,” the appeals court said in its written opinion. “Once the agency concluded that Roundup Ready alfalfa was not a plant pest, it no longer had jurisdiction to continue regulating the plant.”

Of course Mr. Kimbrell called the decision by his favorite appeals court an “irresponsible” one.

It would be nice if we could all break out in a Don Meredith rendition of “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.” However, this ruling is not likely to be the end of it. Too much government money to snatch to quit now. (Remember, the Center for Food Safety collected government money for at least one round win in this protracted battle). Kimbrell promises that his public trough feeders will pursue other avenues to “halt the sale and planting this harmful crop.” The horse is so far from the barn door, you need a spotting scope to see the equine’s posterior.

Be sure to enclose a self-addressed envelope in your thank you note  for Kimbrell’s freeloading gang to send you a check for the losses incurred while the center for socialism wasted your taxpayer money and time on your behalf. Sure, the check’s in the mail.


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