Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Partial Deregulation of GM Sugar Beets Appealed

Partial Deregulation of GM Sugar Beets Appealed

Earthjustice's summary of what has happened to date includes:

* In 2008, the groups sued USDA for deregulating Monsanto's genetically modified sugar beets without complying with the National Environmental Policy Act's requirement of an EIS before deregulating the crop.

* On Aug. 13, 2010, the federal court banned the crop until USDA fully analyzed the impacts of the GE plant on the environment, farmers and the public in an EIS.

* Three weeks later, despite the court's ruling, and without any prior environmental analysis, USDA issued permits to seed growers to again grow the genetically modified sugar beets.

* The groups again sued USDA. On November 30, 2010, the court granted the groups' motion for a preliminary injunction and ordered the seed crop destroyed.

* That order was stayed pending appeal, which is scheduled for argument on Feb. 15, 2011.

USDA's decision on sugar beets follows only by a few days its Jan. 27 decision to fully deregulate GM alfalfa.

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