Monsanto can plant genetically modified alfalfa seeds under a new ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York Times reported the court overturned a lower court's ruling that prevented the company from planting the seeds.

In its first decision on genetically modified crops, the high court examined the ruling that required a study on how Roundup Ready seeds would affect nearby crops. A number of environmental groups and seed firms sued the U.S. Agriculture Department in 2006 after it had approved the seed, pending a full environmental study. Monsanto appealed to the Supreme Court.