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Published April 01, 2011, 06:49 PM

ND group is part of biotech alfalfa lawsuit

DICKINSON, N.D. — The Dakota Resource Council in North Dakota has joined a lawsuit in California over biotech alfalfa.

DICKINSON, N.D. — The Dakota Resource Council in North Dakota has joined a lawsuit in California over biotech alfalfa.

The lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco challenges the federal government's deregulation of alfalfa that is genetically altered to withstand the popular weed killer Roundup.

Proponents say Roundup Ready alfalfa can save farmers time and money, and help keep food prices low. Opponents fear harm to the environment and conventional crops.

A federal court barred the planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa in 2007 but the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban last year and kicked the matter back to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which decided earlier this year to deregulate genetically modified alfalfa.

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