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Growers May Plant GMO Beet Seeds Until Litigation Is Resolved

November 15, 2010: 01:59 PM EST

The USDA has decided to allow growers to plant genetically modified (GMO) sugar beet seeds  until legal issues related to the seeds, which are genetically engineered to resist the weed killer Roundup, are decided. Groups opposing a September USDA decision to allow planting of GMO seeds filed a lawsuit asking for destruction of the seeds. Hearings are in progress in California on the issue. According to the International Dairy Foods Association, GMO beets account for 95 percent of America’s sugar beet crop and 60 percent of the domestic sugar supply. About 200 IDFA members who manufacture products that use sugar are affected by low domestic supplies and high costs. USDA is examining public comments on the impact of the GMO seeds on the economy and the environment.

"USDA May Approve GMO Sugar Beets, Issues Call for Comments", Key issues report, IDFA, November 15, 2010, © International Dairy Foods Association
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