Brazil's Minister of Agriculture, Pratini de Moraes, today alleged pending suits in federal courts to justify his government's retreat on the promise made two weeks ago to authorize the planting of Monsanto's transgenic soybean, "Roundup Ready". Ever since the Public Prosecutor's Office went to court to sue the minister over his declarations in favor of genetically-modified soybeans and his promise to authorize planting, Pratini has avoided commenting on the matter.