(AP) The state’s largest apple growers say a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s ban on GMO apples is premature, but that they plan to fight it.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Georgia against farmers that say the state’s ban violates their right to free speech.
It was filed as a class action on behalf of several hundred apple growers, and the complaint is likely to be challenged in federal court.
The complaint does not allege any wrongdoing by the state or any harm caused to farmers or their crops by the ban.
The plaintiffs, who are located in the southern part of the state, argue that the state failed to provide them with notice of the ban before the first harvest, and that the ban violated their First Amendment rights to free expression and association.
The plaintiffs also claim the ban violates the right to bear arms, which is protected by the Second Amendment.