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.
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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