Judge Denies Sugar Beet Injunction

Capital Press has the story…

A federal judge in California has struck down an effort to block the planting of genetically engineered sugar-beet seeds this spring.

In a ruling filed today, Judge Jeffrey White denied a motion by the Center for Food Safety for an injunction that would have prohibited beet growers from using Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds this spring.

The plaintiffs and industry defendants are scheduled to argue in a July 9 hearing in San Francisco whether the seeds should be permanently prohibited while USDA produces an environmental document to support the agency’s deregulation of the seeds.

The looming threat of an injunction complicated the arguments against the proposed ban on planting biotech beets on leased Boulder County open space late last summer.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Paul Achitoff on March 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    This article is misleading, considering that Judge White broadcast loud and clear in his order that, come this July, he is “inclined to order the [sugar growers and processors] to take all efforts, going forward, to use conventional seed,” and that the factors that led him to deny relief at this point “may likely shift when the Court considers whether to issue permanent injunction” in July.


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