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.”