Round up Ready sugar beets are blocked by a court decsion
As you know, Round up ready vegetables are made so that they can withstand heavy applications of Round Up. Putting aside the dangers inherint in geo engineering like crop contamination which might alter organic and natives species, the heavy applications of herbicide affects for years the soil and the water which the surrounding land drains into. Monsanto doesn't care about these problems; Monsanto cares about profits and the more Round up Ready crops are used, the more Round up Monsanto sells. The tobacco industry is the model for such profit motive without concern for the health of the planet and the life on it.
Here's an article from Organic Consumers online weekly Organic Bytes:
Court Blocks Future Crops of Monsanto's Genetically Engineered "RoundUp Ready" Sugar Beets...
The Center for Food Safety has won an important legal victory in the fight to stop the spread of untested and hazardous genetically engineered crops. After ruling that the USDA (under president George W. Bush) shouldn't have approved genetically engineered sugar beets without assessing the Frankencrop's potential to contaminate conventional and organic varieties, a federal judge has blocked future crops of Monsanto's genetically engineered RoundUp Ready sugar beets.
Monsanto's GE sugar beets now comprise 95% of the nation's sugar beet harvest.
The ball is in the USDA's court. The pro-biotech sugar industry is urging the USDA to rush through an Environmental Impact Statement so they can plant a new crop of Monsanto's Roundup Ready sugar beets next year.
The only thing that can stop Monsanto's sugar beets is a massive public outcry. The Center for Food Safety's legal work has given the USDA, under President Obama, the opportunity to do the right thing.
Now's our chance to press Obama's USDA to protect biodiversity and human health from contamination with FrankenGenes that never should have been released into nature or the food system!
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at September 9, 2010 11:31 AM