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Food Safety Advocacy Group Has Sued The USDA Over GM Beet Seed Ruling

September 10, 2010: 07:53 AM EST
The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Food Safety has sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a California federal court over a decision to allow the immediate planting of sugar beets genetically modified to resist the weed killer Roundup, despite an August ruling by a federal court that barred the plantings. The judge in the earlier decision said that the GM beet seeds are grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley close to other crops. The proximity could invite cross-pollination with table beets and Swiss chard and taint other organic crops. In its ruling, the USDA said the beets planted in Oregon would not be allowed to flower. The CFS has asked the court for a preliminary injunction prohibiting farmers from planting the seeds.
Kelsey Blackwell, "USDA sued over GM sugar beet permits", Natural Foods Merchandiser, September 10, 2010, © Penton Media Inc
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