US court orders GMO beets destroyed

Posted: December 2nd, 2010 by Militant Libertarian


WASHINGTON (AFP) – A federal judge has ordered what is believed to be the first-ever destruction of a genetically modified crop in the United States, saying that the altered sugar beets were planted illegally.

US District Judge Jeffrey White in California granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday sought by the Center for Food Safety and other groups, which contended that the Monsanto-produced sugar beet crops were planted without proper environmental review.

He delayed implementation of the order until December 7 to allow time for an appeal.

White said in his ruling that “there is a significant risk that the plantings pursuant to the permits will cause environmental harm.”

He added that despite efforts to prevent contamination or cross-pollination of crops, there was no guarantee that the GMO crops would not affect other plants.

He said there have been examples of contamination and that “these incidents are too numerous for this court to declare confidently that these permits provide sufficient containment to protect the environment.”

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Comments (2)


  1. GoneWithTheWind says:

    So now Monsanto will move their seed growing offshore out of the reach of activist judges. So who wins?

    I have also read that this could mean no sugar beet crop next year. Buy sugar now…

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