First Ever:Court orders GMO beets destroyed
Wed Dec 1, 2010
WASHINGTON (AFP) – A federal judge has ordered what is believed to be the first-ever destruction of a genetically modified crop in the United States, saying that the altered sugar beets were planted illegally.
US District Judge Jeffrey White in California granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday sought by the Center for Food Safety and other groups, which contended that the Monsanto-produced sugar beet crops were planted without proper environmental review.
He delayed implementation of the order until December 7 to allow time for an appeal.
White said in his ruling that “there is a significant risk that the plantings pursuant to the permits will cause environmental harm.”
He added that despite efforts to prevent contamination or cross-pollination of crops, there was no guarantee that the GMO crops would not affect other plants.