USDA sued for genetically modified sugar beets

September 13th, 2010 - 8:07 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Sep 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The United States Department of Agriculture has been sued by groups that are opposed to genetically modified foods. USDA has been sued for its recent decision to grant permission for limited plantings of altered sugar beets. It may be recalled that USDA announced in the first week of September that it would issue permits for seed producers to plant genetically modified sugar beets that will not flower. 

The suit which was filed on Thursday, is praying the court to stop the USDA from carrying out its plan because it violates an August court ruling that banned future planting of genetically altered sugar beets.

Among the groups that filed the suit at the court are the Sierra Club and the Center for Food Safety. They argue that the planting if carried out will have the potential to contaminate other nearby crops and as such they are seeking the court to forbid the planting of any genetically altered sugar beet plants. The genetically altered beets were developed by Monsanto Co., which was engineered to be resistant to Roundup, the weed-killer.

The USDA did not readily comment on the suit. Even the representatives of the Monsanto Company refrained from making any comment on the issue.

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