Thursday, December 23, 2010

Just in: Sugar Beet legal battle continues

Court Puts Sugar Beet Seedling Destruction on Hold

San Francisco-- The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a ruling that puts on hold a judge’s order to dig up 256 acres of biotech sugar beet seedlings. The hold remains in place until Feb. 28 or whenever the court reaches a final order, whichever comes first.

Biotech sugar beets are grown on 1.3 million acres in 10 states and provide half the nation’s sugar supply. In a court filing, Monsanto and other biotech sugar beet companies said the biotech stecklings or seedlings could “save the livelihoods of thousands of our nation’s sugar beet farmers.”

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