more on sugar beets

posted September 23, 2009

here’s a press release and note from our friends at high mowing organic seeds – one of the plaintiffs in the case we just blogged about.

Hello friends of organic and local agriculture,

I am thrilled to announce that yesterday the 9th Circuit Court in California ruled in our favor in the High Mowing Organic Seeds lawsuit against the USDA regarding the premature deregulation of Monsanto’s GMO sugar beets. We’ve won!!! We were joined in the suit by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), Organic Seed Alliance and the Sierra Club and were represented by CFS and Earth Justice attorneys.

This ruling means that the USDA will likely require much more thorough research and a full Environmental Impact Study prior to allowing more GE crops to be released. It may also result in a moratorium on any more GMO sugar beets getting planted.

The USDA has a lot of work to do, but is recently making great progress. I hope that this lawsuit will confirm for them that people really care about our food system and keeping it safe and healthy.

Attached is our press release and feel free to distribute widely.

Thank you all so much for all of the great work that you do and for your support of your local farmers. The tide is turning…

Download the press release here: High Mowing Seeds GMO Sugar Beet Press Release