President Obama, in the State of the Union address, called on the nation to meet the challenges of the global economy. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, in its final report, concluded the 2008 financial crisis was “avoidable.” It said the disaster was caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and risktaking byWall Street. Genetically modified alfalfa was approved by the United States. Vilsack retreats from a proposal to restrict its use. Organic farmers worry about crosspollination and its affect on their sales. Fannie and Freddie have so far spent $160 million to defend themselves and former executives tied to an accounting scandal. They spent another $50 million on foreclosure lawyers. Supreme Court ruled that employers can be sued if they retaliate against a relative or associate of a worker based on a bias claim — the latest in a series of worker victories in retaliation cases. International Trade Commission ruled against Eastman Kodak in patentinfringement complaint against Apple and Research InMotion, concerning technology used in iPhone and BlackBerry devices.