Psst, Any Victory for Frankenscience Monsanto is NOT a Victory for Farmers
Careful when choosing your words, "victory" wouldn't have been the first word I'd have thought of when reading this:
The Supreme Court Monday lifted a judge-imposed nationwide ban on genetically modified alfalfa Monday, handing a victory to Monsanto Co. in a long-running dispute over the seeds.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture now must complete a study examining whether the seeds will harm the environment before approving them for planting, a process that could go into next year.
In a 7-1 decision, the high court ruled that a California federal judge went too far when he issued an order preventing farmers nationwide from planting Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa seed—which is resistant to the company's herbicide--until the government studied its effects on other plant life.
"This is a great day for farmers, as they can look to the government to set the regulatory rules as opposed to individual litigants," said David Snively, Monsanto's general counsel.
The genetically modified crop myth is old news. Monsanto tells you this is how it ought to be and year after year farmers are subsidized by the government and forced to buy their crap that doesn't grow like actual crops used to grow long before I was ever born. Maybe you too. They've been fucking with our food for quite some time.
These freaks have nearly total control over what you put in your mouth and further "intervention" into food items (even if one reserved for guinea pigs and cattle) has a direct impact on how you live your life. Down to what you could end up putting in your car someday if these pricks stop monkeying with the stuff.
See also ALFALFA: POTENTIAL FOR NEW FEED AND BIOFUEL
Alfalfa hay is a major crop supporting U.S ruminant livestock industry, particularly dairy. Several cellulosic feedstocks will be needed to meet current ethanol production goals.
Alfalfa has considerable potential as a feedstock for production of ethanol and other industrial materials because of its high biomass production, perennial nature, ability to provide its own nitrogen fertilizer, and valuable co-products. Alfalfa stems are an excellent feedstock for cellulosic ethanol via fermentation or gasification. Fractionation processes can produce alfalfa leaf meal (ALM) with protein content comparable to protein in dried distiller’s grains. Adding high value products from either fraction of alfalfa from non livestock uses will add value to alfalfa biomass use for biofuel. When a biomass-type alfalfa is grown under a biomass management system with less dense seeding and only two harvests per year, compared with standard hay-type alfalfa production practices, total yield of alfalfa increases 42%, leaf protein yield is equal, and potential ethanol yield from stems doubles.
Alfalfa grown in rotation with corn to produce biomass for ethanol production reduces nitrogen loss from leaching and denitrification of corn with minimal reduction in profitability of corn.
Schedule F has it rough.