What are biotech sugar beets?



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    Biotech sugar beets are sugar beets genetically modified to be resistant to a particular pesticide. The USDA recently ruled that farmers could plant these beets, provided they follow certain regulations. 

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    Monsanto’s sugar beets are resistant to Roundup, an herbicide used to decimate weed populations. The seed was introduced in 2005 and is now responsible for 95% of sugar beets grown in America. The Center for Food Safety sued the USDA for approving it before possible cross-contamination (due to wind-carried pollen) consequences could be evaluated, a possibility that could effect organic farmers.

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