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U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled in 2009 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had approved Monsanto's genetically modified sugar beets without adequate environmental study.

Sugar beets account for over half of the nation's sugar supply. But conventional sugar beet seeds remain widely available and environmentalists filing suit said the judge's decision should not significantly affect sugar production.

White's decision on Friday to impose the ban did not apply to crops already planted or harvested. It stems from a lawsuit brought by environmentalists over Monsanto sugar beets engineered to be resistant to the weed-killer Roundup.

Roundup is also manufactured by Monsanto and was sold to farmers together with the genetically altered sugar beet seeds.

"It's a victory for farmers, for the environment and for the public," said George Kimbrell, a senior staff attorney for the Center for Food Safety, plaintiffs in the case.

Environmentalists have argued that the "Roundup Ready" crops have increased the use of herbicides and herbicide- resistant weeds.

Monsanto has claimed in court papers that revoking the government's approval of its genetically modified seed could cost the company and its customers some $2 billion in 2011 and 2012.

Agriculture Department spokesperson Caleb Weaver said the USDA was reviewing the judge's order "to determine appropriate next steps."


A Monsanto representative referred reporters to Duane Grant, an Idaho sugar beet farmer and chairman of the Snake River Sugar cooperative.

"Before planting next spring's 2011 crop, clearly we are going to have to understand all of the implications of the judge's ruling, and what might be open to us," Grant said.

He said that since White's decision did not apply to sugar beets already planted or harvested, "really there is no immediate impact on sugar availability or cost to the consumer."

Sugar beets make up a little over half of the U.S. sugar crop, and 95 percent of sugar beets come from Roundup ready seed, Grant said.

The Center for Food Safety has countered that farmers can easily go back to using conventional sugar beet seeds, which were widely used as recently as two years ago.

Most U.S. sugar beets are planted in March, April and May, he said.

The government has valued the sugar beet crop, which is largely grown in 11 states, the bulk of them in the Midwest, at $1.335 billion for 2007-2008.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a separate federal judge's ruling revoking the USDA's approval of Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa until a full environmental review was completed.

(Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles and Tom Doggett in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney) 

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I hope we can stop the rest of their modified toxic waste they call food.

I hope this continues to be a process going forward. Thanks Barb

Linda 8)

Makes me happy that I am growing as much of our own food that I can to include our postatoes.


--- Quote from: Linda on August 16, 2010, 05:06:15 AM ---I hope this continues to be a process going forward. Thanks Barb

Linda 8)

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Linda I hope so I am thinking our new Federal court will be forward looking. My former son in law irom Engliand told me they wont allow this GM junk in the European Union coujtries... hope that is still true. He said the EU looks down on the USA in some ways for being backwards and destructive on the issue of GM foods.
Late one night I was in the mood to google and go back and back and back. I found out that Japanese scientists had traced back a dangerous and sometimes fatal Killer T Cell body reaction, traced it back to guess what - genetically modified foods. I was fascinated. This was about 2005. What I hadn't know until then: Some of our foods ar sliced genetically with things like rat cells and bacteria cells. The ones that have bacteria for sure some people just cannot handle it... probably one cause of increased allergies and asthma. gives me the heebie jeebies. So I am VERY glad when some Judge hands their hat back to the big food giants. And shows them the door.


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