USDA Sued For Allowing To Plant Genetically Modified Sugar Beets

September 13th, 2010 - 7:56 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

usda September 13, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Certain groups consisting of farmers and environmental organizations who are opposed to the genetically altered food products announced that they have sued the US Department of agriculture (USDA) for their decision to permit limited plantings of the beet root.

A copy of the complaint had been provided to Reuters by the plaintiff which states that this particular decision violates a ruling by the court made in August prohibiting the planting of genetically modified sugar beets. However, the USDA announced their decision of allowing the seed producers to go ahead with the plantings that would not be let to flower.

The Center for Food Safety and the Sierra Club along with a few other groups, however, said that such plantings could contaminate the other crops in their neighborhood. They have asked the court to disallow the plantings of sugar beets which have been genetically modified.

Monsanto Co., a developer of the sugar beet plants in question has decided not to comment on the lawsuit. They have not been named in the lawsuit either. An USDA spokesman has also refrained from commenting on the sensitive issue.

The USDA further said that it would take more than two years to formulate new regulations in accordance with the ban, last month. The ban had been issued by US District Court Judge Jeffrey White belonging to the Northern District of California, San Francisco.

Sugar beets are the primary source of obtaining sugar in the US and the conventional plants are widely accepted all over the country.

The modified plants are resistant to Roundup, a Monsanto herbicide which can pave the way for greater yields. The groups that are opposing the plantings however see it resulting in the growth of dangerous weeds which will negate the effects of herbicide treatments.

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