The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case “Monsanto vs. Hardeman” comes amid the war-driven threat of a global food crisis, sky high food inflation and persistent weather problems.
“There’s so much on the line right now, with everything going on, the last thing we need is a lot of unscientific patchwork, basically on state pesticide labels that would threaten our ability to be able to use glyphosate, it’s such an important chemistry for us,” says Alan Meadows, an American Soybean Association state director in Tennessee.
The Soybean Association was joined in its statement of disappointment by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, and the National Cotton Council.
When asked what’s next, Meadows said, “You go back to work and start trying to figure out what we can do from a policy end to try to get this fixed and get it addressed, and hopefully make it better for our growers—for sure.”
Meadows insists there’s a real possibility some states will require more precautions on their labels, despite years of research that glyphosate is safe.
54 farm groups urged President Biden in a May letter to withdraw his Solicitor General’s brief to the High Court asking it not to take up the case.
The brief claimed federal rules don’t preclude states from imposing added labeling requirements—even if they run counter to federal findings, what the groups called a “disturbing departure from previous bipartisan administrative policy.”
Source: NAFB News Service