U.S. Judge Orders Destruction Of Monsanto GMO Sugar Beet Seed Plants, Globe and Mail, December 3 2010
A federal judge in California has ordered the removal from the ground of plants grown to produce seeds for genetically modified sugar beets.The beet plants were genetically modified by Monsanto to resist their herbicide Roundup. Farmers may use Roundup liberally on Roundup-resistant plants.
In his decision, Judge White cited, “a significant risk of environmental harm.”
“The likely environmental harm ... is irreparable,” Judge White wrote.
Genetically modified seeds accounted for about 95% of sugar beet plantings this year.
Paul Atchitoff, of Earthjustice, an environmental law firm:
"The government's conduct is really outrageous. ... The court had just said in August the beets could not be grown and the government turned around and gave the industry the opportunity to grow them."George Kimbrell, an attorney for the Centers for Food Safety:
"[Judge White's ruling is] a groundbreaking victory for farmers and the environment. ... This is the first time ever a federal court ordered an illegal biotech crop destroyed."David Snively, general counsel for Monsanto:
"We believe the court's action overlooked the factual evidence presented that no harm would be caused by these plantings."
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