Genetically Modified Sugarbeets: Frankenfood or the Future?

August 23, 2010

In a move that will simultaneously send organic-agriculture supporters into the highest of sugar highs and conventional farming advocates into the deepest of sugar crashes, a federal judge halted the planting of anymore of Monsanto’s Genetically-Modified Sugarbeet seeds.

According to the AP:  

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in California issued his ruling Aug. 13 that put on hold future planting of sugar beets using genetically modified seeds. White’s ruling allows this year’s crop to be harvested and processed, but the current seed crop can’t be planted until the U.S. Department of Agriculture reviews the effect the genetically altered crops could have on other food.

Needless to say, this decision could have massive ramifications.

Monsanto’s GMO sugarbeet seeds account for about 95% of the sugarbeet seed planted in the U.S.  Domestically, farmers plant about one million acres of sugarebeets each year.  Sugarbeets are a significant source of the sugar we eat.

The effects of this decision (which you can find at 2010 WL 3222482) could have massive ramifications.  Regardless of where you fall on the debate against keeping GMO-plants out of our food supply, it’s going to be fascinating to watch this play out.







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