USDA May Approve Genetically Modified Beets Again

Law360, New York (November 3, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken the first steps toward once again approving genetically modified sugar beets, even as green groups continue to claim in court that the agency permitted Monsanto Co. and two other major seed companies to plant modified beet seeds without sufficient environmental review.

The USDA unveiled a proposal toward the partial deregulation of the seeds Tuesday, while lawyers for the agency attended an evidentiary hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California over the environmental groups' bid...
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