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Federal Court Rules Against USDA, Denies Approval of Genetically-Engineered Sugar Beets

Federal Court Rules Against USDA, Denies Approval of Genetically-Engineered Sugar Beets

Only several weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against Monsanto in a very important case against genetically-engineered alfalfa. On Friday, the organic movement secured another victory when a federal court ruled against the USDA in a case involving genetically-engineered sugar beets. Despite the fact that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment, the USDA has […]

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Only several weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against Monsanto in a very important case against genetically-engineered alfalfa.

On Friday, the organic movement secured another victory when a federal court ruled against the USDA in a case involving genetically-engineered sugar beets.

Despite the fact that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment, the USDA has had no qualms about giving Monsanto approval to sell its Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds prior to an environmental study ever being completed.

When farmers buy Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds, they also must buy the Roundup Ready herbicide, the toxic chemical sprayed on the crops. Other Roundup Ready crops have led to increased use of herbicides, a  proliferation of herbicide resistant weeds, and contamination of conventional and organic crops. Furthermore, the chemicals pollute the local water supply and destroy the soil.

The USDA’s behavior is totally reckless. Yet, it continues to cater to the needs of major agribusiness in this country and disregard what is best for the citizens it is supposed to protect.

Fortunately, we are lucky to have organizations such as the Center for Food Safety, Organic Seed Alliance and others who work hard on our behalf.

A full environmental study by the USDA is expected to be finished by 2012, and the results will be very interesting to see.

If maintaining the integrity of organic food is as important to you as it is to me, please support fantastic non-profits such as The Center for Food Safety. They are doing such critical for work for us.


3 Comments

  • Dear Max:

    I don’t know if we can say “that GMO food wreaks havoc on the environment.” But being that it is such an essentially UN-natural way to develop a plant, I agree that GMOs have no place in the organic industry.

    With that said, I have yet to have anyone explain to me how groups like The Center for Food Safety are doing anything positive for the organic industry by attacking the science of genetic engineering. Are we really prepared to say that the science that gave us synthetic insulin is a bad science?

    And who in the organic industry cares if farmers who buy Roundup-Ready sugar beets also have to buy Roundup herbicide? How does this in any way affect the organic industry? It’s no different than John Deere telling the owner of one of their tractors that they have to buy John Deere parts or they’ll void their warranty.Not fair perhaps, but then don’t buy a John Deere!

    And who in the organic industry cares if the spraying of Roundup on crops has led to a proliferation of herbicide-resistant weeds? Organic farmers don’t use Roundup, so it would seem they’d be happy to see this herbicide become useless. And no matter how herbicide resistant a weed becomes, it still dies just fine when an organic farmer hits it with his cultivator or plow.

    I’ve heard all the crying about pollen drift from GM crops to organic crops, but unless an organic farmer subsequently uses Roundup on his crop, it remains fully organic. Pollen drift is just an emotional response.

    So please Max. Tell me, why the organic industry so dead-set opposed to a technology that it will never use?

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Mischa,

      You obviously are incredibly unaware of what these toxic chemicals do to the water supply and air quality. And we all use the same air and water. Do you think that Roundup just disappears into thin air? Atrazine is found in 94% of our water supply, and the Pesticide Action Network has found dozens of neurotoxins and hormone disruptors in our water. Where do you think they came from?

      It is fine if you want to be a GMO apologist (that’s your right) but you kill your credibility when wanting to simultaneously improve organic.

      Live well,
      Max

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