Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

sugar beets

European-Style GM Crop Destruction Strikes Oregon

Federal felony charges of economic sabotage and domestic terrorism could be brought if whoever destroyed two sugar beet fields in Jackson County, Oregon earlier this month is ever brought to justice. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investing the destruction of about 6,500 sugar beets that occurred on the nights of June 8 and… Continue Reading

9th Circuit Stops Destruction of GM Sugar Beets

Wanting readers to think beyond the Feb. 25 decision by his three-member Ninth Circuit Court panel, calling off the destruction of genetically modified sugar beets, Judge Sidney R. Thomas opted to give them an amusing moment. “As we have noted,” wrote Judge Thomas, “this appeal presents a thin slice of a larger litigation. Perhaps, in… Continue Reading

Vilsack Calls for a Truce in GE Crops Fight

In an open letter to stakeholders Thursday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack called for “a new paradigm of coexistence and cooperation” for both genetically engineered and non-GE agricultural approaches. The letter comes just two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture completed its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa, the status of which has… Continue Reading

Opponents of GM Sugar Go Back To Court

When things get confusing, lawyers do what lawyers do–go back to court for directions more to their liking. And that’s exactly what has happened when it comes to genetically modified sugar beets. The original opponents to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GM sugar beets–the Center for Food Safety, Organic Seed Alliance, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and the… Continue Reading

USDA Sticks a Hoe into the Sugar Beet Issue

Caught since Aug. 13 between a federal judge and some inept inaction by the Agriculture Department, sugar beet growers with about one million acres in a dozen states have been wondering what’s going to be the next thing to happen to them.   Against predictions that sugar prices will be going up next year, raising… Continue Reading

Beet Growers Ask: ‘What About Next Year?’

With imports cut off and sugar available for purchase only with the right ration coupon, the federal government during World War II put out a poster that said: “Plant More Sugar Beets!” Now sugar beet growers are wondering if the federal government policy for the 2011 crop year will be “Plant No Sugar Beets!” They… Continue Reading