One of the Biggest Food Frauds Perpetrated on the American People
July 20, 2011
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a summary order concluding a long-standing lawsuit over genetically engineered "Roundup Ready" sugar beets. The court decided that previous court rulings in favor of farmers and conservation advocates will remain, including an order requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prepare a rigorous review of the impacts of GM sugar beets.
A number of organizations challenged the USDA approval of GM sugar beets in 2008, arguing that the beets would contaminate related organic and non-GM crops such as table beets and chard. Further, they said that the pesticide-resistant beets would both increase pesticide impacts on the environment and worsen the current epidemic of pesticide-resistant "superweeds".
True Food Now reports:
"Despite the absence of lawful review or a new agency decision, in summer 2010, USDA and the biotech industry demanded the court allow planting to continue unabated. The district court refused to do so and instead set aside USDA's approval of the crop based on the agency's failure to comply with environmental laws. That precedential ruling was also preserved by [the Circuit Court of Appeal's] order."