Score 1 for environmental justice. (For once.)
A U.S. Federal Court has ruled the U.S. government failed to adequately evaluate the environmental risks of Monsanto’s new Franken-crop, the Roundup-Ready “superbeet.” As you may know from the film Food, Inc., the Monsanto Corporation is known for some truly monstrous practices, not the least of which are wreaking environmental havoc and driving small farmers to ruin. Well, here’s one fight they haven’t won (yet?).
About 1.1 million U.S. acres were seeded this year to Roundup Ready sugar beets in the fourth year of commercialized production.
Critics say the Roundup Ready beets are dangerous for the environment because they promote the emergence of “superweeds” or weeds that cannot easily be killed because they also develop a tolerance to weedkiller. They also say that organic and convential beet farmers are damaged because the genetically altered sugar beets are wind-pollinated and inevitably cross-pollinate related crops grown nearby.