Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Judge Revokes Approval of Modified Sugar Beets

By ANDREW POLLACK, New York Times
Published: August 13, 2010

A federal district court judge revoked the government’s approval of genetically engineered sugar beets Friday, saying that the Agriculture Department had not adequately assessed the environmental consequences before approving them for commercial cultivation.

The decision, by Judge Jeffrey S. White of Federal District Court in San Francisco, appears to effectively ban the planting of the genetically modified sugar beets, which make up about 95 percent of the crop, until the Agriculture Department prepares an environmental impact statement and approves the crop again, a process that might take a couple of years.


For full article see:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/14/business/14sugar.html?th&emc=th