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Sugar Beet Ruling Raises Questions About SmartStax Approval

2:37 PM MDT | October 13, 2009 | KARA SISSELL

Advocacy groups are using a recent court decision that found the USDA erred in approving Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) sugar beet to renew opposition to the recent federal approval of the SmartStax stacked corn, developed by Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto. In the sugar beet ruling, the court found USDA officials did not complete the proper environmental impact assessment. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR; New York) says the government’s approval process for SmartStax also was inadequate, although the group did not say it plans to...

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