Saturday, September 26, 2009


Victory! Court Finds USDA Violated Federal Law by Allowing Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets on the Market  (two excerpts below!)

"In a case brought by Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice representing a coalition of farmers and consumers, a Federal Court ruled yesterday that the Bush USDA’s approval of genetically engineered (GE) “RoundUp Ready” sugar beets was unlawful."

"Sugar beet seed is grown primarily in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which is also an important seed growing area for crops closely related to sugar beets, such as organic chard and table beets. GE sugar beets are wind pollinated and will inevitably cross-pollinate the related crops being grown in the same area. Such biological contamination would be devastating to organic farmers, who face debilitating market losses if their crops are contaminated by a GE variety."

Just one example is that this helps preserve the production of the delicious organic Golden Chard above, grown for seed by Frank Morton's family and workers at Wild Garden Seed in Philomath.

Another exciting note I read in the Capital Press, Monsanto plans deeper staff cuts: Weak sales of Roundup, other herbicides lead to falling profits !  And also in the CP on the ruling, Judge overturns approval of Roundup Ready beets.   Oh yeah...!!!