Sugarbeet Growers Address GMO Ruling


On Friday, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White put a halt to the government’s approval of genetically altered, or Roundup Ready, sugarbeets.  The approval is revoked until the U.S. Department of Agriculture completes a thorough environmental review.

Northern Ag Network spoke with Luther Markwart, Executive Vice President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association on Monday. 

Luther told us that there is no issue with the current crop.

Future action on the genetically modified sugarbeets has now been turned over to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

This, Luther says, means that APHIS can consider implementing interim measures for planting future RR sugarbeet crops that comply with federal laws.

It is expected that the full Environmental Impact Statement from the USDA will likely be available in May of 2012.


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Russell Nemetz & Haylie Shipp



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