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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Suit seeks to bar genetically modified sugar beets

Suit seeks to bar genetically modified sugar beets - Winnipeg Free Press

The Winnipeg Free Press is reporting on a lawsuit in the U.S. by organic farmers hoping to halt the planting this spring of genetically modified sugar beets.  After only two years of use, the Roundup Ready beets already comprise 95% of beets being planted.  The organic farmers are concerned about cross-pollination.

The article also refers to a successful 2007 U.S. lawsuit over Roundup Ready alfalfa.  Monsanto is appealing the decision in that case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but a date for hearing has not been set.  Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette in Montana is reporting that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has recused himself from (taken himself out of) the case because his brother heard the alfalfa case in a lower court.  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was a former staff attorney in Monsanto's herbicide division, is not recusing himself.