Contact Us

Partial Deregulation For Round-Up-Ready Beets

Newsmakers/USDA

For now  the developers of Round Up Ready sugar beets and growers of the genetically altered root crop can continue to cultivate, but under some strict conditions.

Andre Bell for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the decision comes following initial environmental assessments and public comment.

“Round up ready sugar beet when grown under APHIS imposed conditions can actually be partially deregulated without posing a plant pest risk or having a significant effect on the environment.”

Bell says, growers will have to sign an agreement saying they will follow all the mandatory requirements for how the Monsanto developed GMO crop can be grown.

The USDA expects to complete a full environmental study by the end of May 2012.

Back in 2005 the USDA totally deregulated Monsanto’s  Round up Ready Beets, but a lawsuit filed in 2008 retracted that deregulation claiming a full environmental impact study should have been completed first.

Andre Philipe/Getty Images

Organic farmers are fighting unregulated use of genetically altered seed. According to a report in Organic Connect magazine, organic farmers fear both cross pollination with the modified seed along with the potential for “super weeds” developing as resistance to Monsanto’s weed killer, Roundup builds.

The USDA estimates use of Genetically engineered sugar beet varieties exceeded 95 percent of U.S. sugar beet production in 2010.

Follow this link for the full  news release from the USDA:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/02/rr_sugar_beets.shtml

More News from K2 Radio

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://k2radio.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on K2 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on K2 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!