"U.S. Farmers Get Approval To Plant GMO Alfalfa"

"The United States said on Thursday farmers could proceed with planting genetically altered alfalfa without any of the restrictions that opponents say are crucial to protect organic and conventional farm fields from contamination.

The decision, closely watched by supporters and protesters around the world for its potential implications on biotech crop regulation, was seen as a boon to biotech crop developers and comes as research into additional biotech crops accelerates.

But opponents of biotech crops were disappointed.

The U.S. Agriculture Department had signaled last month that it might forge a first-ever compromise approval with a range of restrictions for planting, but there were no such conditions in the plan announced Thursday."

Carey Gillam and Christopher Doering report for Reuters January 27, 2011.

Source: Reuters, 01/28/2011