First Ever:Court orders GMO beets destroyed

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
By Paul Martin

NewsYahoo.com
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.

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