Crop Biotech Update

US Court Revokes Approval of GM Sugar Beets

August 27, 2010

The US Courts revoked the approval for commercial cultivation of sugar beets starting 2011. During the hearings, the USDA had admitted mistakes in the approval process but believes that the mistakes were not serious and they are optimistic that a more thorough assessment of possible environmental consequences would eventually result in the approval of GM sugar beets, the news said. In addition, they will review the court order and consider appropriate measures to take.

The judges said that the decision will not affect the farmers since they will be able to plant conventional seeds in the next growing season, and no sugar supply shortages is likely to occur.

The original news can be seen at  http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/news/531.docu.html