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Sugar beet ruling doesn't uproot next year's crop

Ecotrope | Dec. 2, 2010 7:43 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:43 p.m.

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The Capital Press reports sugar prices went up 3 percent yesterday, following a California judge’s ruling that this year’s plantings of genetically modified Roundup Ready sugar beets had to be pulled up (because they were permitted without a proper environmental review).

But the judge’s ruling doesn’t determine whether farmers will be able to plant the crop next year, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a plan that would allow growers to do just that – but under surveillance to prevent contamination of other crops.

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