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Roundup Ready Sugarbeet Court Case Update

Roundup Ready sugarbeets

Roundup Ready Sugarbeets at harvest

Here’s the latest information on the Roundup Ready sugarbeet case. There was a hearing on Friday, Aug. 13.

At the hearing, Judge Jeffrey White of the U.S. District Court issued an order which states that harvest and processing of Roundup Ready® sugar beets and sugar beet seed crops planted before August 13, 2010 are not affected and may proceed without interference.The Court decided to vacate the deregulation of Roundup Ready sugarbeets and to return the product to the USDA for appropriate action for future plantings.

The Sugar Industry Biotech Council has a statement up on its site.

Additional resources:

Monsanto:
GM Sugar: The Sugar is the Same (Monsanto Today)
I’m Alan Welp, and I’m a Sugarbeet Farmer (Monsanto Today)

Non-Monsanto
No Risk Assessment for Sugarbeets? Biofortified.org
Genetically Engineered Crops: Sugar Beet (James and the Giant Corn)
U.S. Sugarbeet Farming
(USDA-Amber Waves newsletter)
Sugar beet Research and Education Board

Sugarbeets – University of Wisconsin Extension

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