Monsanto filed a notice of appeal in U.S. District Court seeking to overturn an injunction on Roundup Ready alfalfa.
The court handed down the permanent injunction on May 3 after the Center for Food Safety led a lawsuit against USDA. Concerns had been raised that the genetically modified alfalfa could spread into fields of conventional alfalfa on other farms. The injunction prohibits the sale and planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa while USDA is working on an court-ordered environmental impact report.
The appeal claims that the injunction has resulted in unnecessary restrictions - and, potentially, irreparable financial harm - on growers, seed dealers, Forage Genetics, Inc. and Monsanto.
The appeal will be heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.