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Judge Orders GM Sugar Beet Seedlings Destroyed

1:19 PM MST | December 7, 2010 | Rebecca Coons

A U.S. District judge in San Francisco has ruled that genetically modified (GM) sugar beet seedlings planted by four seed companies in September be destroyed, saying the USDA issued permits to grow the crops despite a prior ruling revoking USDA’s approval of GM sugar beets and without conducting an environmental review. The affected crops contain Monsanto’s Roundup Ready gene for glyphosate-resistance, and were planted to produce seeds for sale, not for consumption. The injunction was issued by Judge Jeffrey White, who in August revoked the USDA’s approval...

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