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Somebody (or bodies) destroyed Roundup Ready sugar beets in southern Oregon
Over the course of two nights in early June, an unknown person or group of people did significant damage to two plots of land used to grow genetically engineered sugar beets in Jackson County, Oregon. The plots are on private farmland leased and managed by Syngenta.
The group Oregonians for Food and Shelter (ofsonline.org...) is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person and people involved. OFS will evaluate any reward claims and will make the final decision on dispersal of funds.
The "community group" offering a reward - Oregonians for Food and Shelter - is staffed by lobbyists registered with the state of Oregon and is funded by corporate chemical conglomerates.
The problem with the judge’s order, however, was that Monsanto had so successfully crowded out sugar beet seed competitors that once he ruled the beets “illegal” it quickly became clear that there were no conventional sugar beet seeds to be found. So America faced the prospect of total Armageddon the zombie apocalypse cats and dogs sleeping together a 20 percent reduction in that year’s sugar crop. In response — and in defiance of the federal judge’s order — the USDA allowed farmers to plant GM sugar beets anyway.
The environmental review puts a high priority on the absence of alternative seeds and the potential disruption to sugar supplies
Good for the ...cleaners. I would have said "arsonist," but hey- they're doing their neighborhood farmers a favor.
I've been drinking a little but I think some of you can see where my ramblings are headed.
If we don't stop them now 5yrs from now it will be all we can buy.
No. The judge did not "revoke USDA approval", he issued a preliminary injunction. In his decision the judge said:
In 2010, a federal judge revoked USDA approval of the seeds in response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety because full environmental impact statements for the seeds were not provided.
He added that despite efforts to prevent contamination or cross-pollination of crops, there was no guarantee that the GMO crops would not affect other plants.
He said there have been examples of contamination and that "these incidents are too numerous for this court to declare confidently that these permits provide sufficient containment to protect the environment."
and in defiance of the federal judge’s order — the USDA allowed farmers to plant GM sugar beets anyway.
On February 25, 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the injunction. The Appeals Court said plaintiffs failed to show that the stecklings, being grown under permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), “present a possibility, much less a likelihood, of genetic contamination or other irreparable harm.”
After the permits expired, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the case as moot. The plaintiffs appealed and the case returned to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.