Judge Bans New Monsanto Sugar Beet Plantings
August 17, 2010
According to the St. Louis Business Journal, a federal judge in California has banned the planting of genetically modified sugar beets created by Monsanto. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White handed down the court’s decision which vacates the deregulation of Roundup Ready sugar beets, which are engineered to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. The ban affects genetically modified sugar beets planted after the ruling and does not affect crops already planted and harvested for sugar, White said. White ruled in September 2009 that the USDA will have to complete an Environmental Impact Statement for the sugar beets. The USDA has estimated that an EIS may be ready by 2012. Monsanto has said in court papers that revoking regulators'' approval of sugar beets would cost the biotech giant and its customers approximately $2 billion in 2011 and 2012.