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U.S. judge bans planting genetically modified beets

Ruling a major setback for Monsanto


U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White has ruled against the planting of genetically modified sugar beets. The ruling represents a new hurdle for biotech giant Monsanto Co., which engineered them. The ban, which doesn’t apply to any crops already planted or harvested, comes from an environmentalists’ lawsuit over Monsanto’s sugar beets, which were genetically engineered to resist Roundup. The weed-killer is also produced by Monsanto, and was sold to farmers as a package with the genetically modified beet seeds. These “Roundup Ready” crops have upped the use of herbicides and herbicide-resistant weeds, they say. Sugar beets make up over half the U.S. sugar supply, but conventional seeds are still widely available, so the decision shouldn’t affect sugar production.


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U.S. judge bans planting genetically modified beets

  1. This is great news, three cheers for the judge. If Monsanto cannot be controlled all our lives for future generations are at risk.
    For all of history man has grown crops and kept seeds for the next year, if one corporation is allowed to delete this practice for their own profit we will have given away one of our last factions for our survival. Many honest working farmers have already lost their lifestyle due to lawsuits from Monsanto because wind supposedly moved seeds from field to field, a natural process which a farmer has no control over, but which has made this company to powerful and very wealthy.

    • This is not about your hate for Monsanto – nor your misunderstanding of seed movement. This is about an organization (made up mostly of lawyers) called the Center for Food Safety. They found a sympatetic judge in a liberal court who has limited factual knowledge of agriculture and biotechnology. They are challenging the worthiness of USDA's decision to deregulate glyphosate tolerant sugar beets based on "what if" fears. It has nothing to do with patent law, progress in agriculture, reliable food supply or Monsanto. It is interesting you give three cheers to the judge because the probably outcome is that sugar prices will increase and cause some farmers to look for an alternative crop to plant.

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  3. Farm boy: have you READ any of the REAL studies and scientific evidence against GMO's? I'd assume not or you wouldn't have said ANYthing you just said. If you don't know that the USDA's decisions are heavily affected by Monsanto and other corporations, then…oh well…go look…it's easy to find.