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US groups seek destruction of GM sugar beet

US environmentalists and organic farming groups are demanding the destruction of genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant sugar beet recently planted under USDA permits. The move follows a ruling by a US court that the groups are likely to succeed in their claims that the USDA’s decision to grant the permits was illegal. Last month, lawyers from the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice challenged the issuing of permits authorising “steckling” (seedling) production under strict conditions that would not allow flowering.



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