90% of sugar beets are genitically modified by a process from Monsanto. The modification is to cause resistance to their proprietery product the herbicide/weedkiller Roundup™. Makes it easy for the farmers and sells a lot of Roundup™. The Environmental groups sued in court and won an injunction that prevent new crops using Genetically modified seed.
A US judge has ordered a ban on growing genetically modified beets in the United States until the Department of Agriculture fully investigates their environmental impact.
Judge Jeffrey White of the federal court in San Francisco, California, made the ruling on Friday. It bars new cultivation of the genetically modified beets, which represent 90 percent of the US crop.
Claims are that the court ordered studies will take about 2 years. Popular Science enumerates:
Friday’s ruling, by Judge Jeffrey S. White of Federal District Court in San Francisco, answers that lawsuit and appears to effectively ban new planting of the genetically modified sugar beets.
This year’s crop is not included, however, meaning beets in the ground will still be milled into sugar. The problems could start next year, because the sugar industry has said there are not enough non-genetically modified seeds to make up for the loss of GM ones, according to the New York Times.
I am confused and am left to wonder,” Why can’t they study the environmental impact using the current crops?” GM foods have always proven genetically safe before. I don’t know why Sugar beets should be different. The food police should be happy also, Sugar will be more expensive. The whole thing has left a bitter taste in my mouth.