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USDA Partially Deregulates Roundup Ready Sugar Beets

USDA Partially Deregulates Roundup Ready Sugar Beets

An interim decision on allows cultivation of Roundup Ready sugar beets.

On Friday the USDA announced that they were partially deregulating glyphosate-tolerant sugar beets based on findings by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

"APHIS determined that the Roundup Ready sugar beet root crop, when grown under APHIS conditions can actually be partially deregulated without posing a plant pest risk or having a significant effect on the environment," said Andre Bell, public affairs specialist with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

For now developers and growers of the sugar beets can continue to cultivate them if grown under USDA imposed conditions.

Growers will have to sign an agreement with all the mandatory requirements of how the crop would be grown. However this is an interim deal while the USDA conducts a full environmental impact study on glyphosate-tolerant sugar beets. This is expected to be completed by May of 2012, at which time USDA will make a final decision.

In 2005 USDA fully deregulated the crop, but in 2008 a lawsuit was filed and a court said a full environmental should have been done before fully deregulating it.

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