So, in August, a judge in N. California ruled that genetically-modified sugar beets can’t be planted next year, until the Ag Department completes a environmental impact statement. That’s a big deal, since about 95% of next year’s sugar beet crop (equal to half the sugar sold in the US) comes from GM sugar beets.
However, last week, the USDA said it would issue permits to farmers to plant GM sugar beets, so long as those beets were not allowed to flower.
The Center for Food Safety, Sierra Club, and other groups have filed suit against the USDA to stop the permits.
Hang on, folks…looks like a bumpy ride…