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Approval of genetically modified sugar beets sought in US [Registered]

The US Department of Agriculture unveiled in early November controversial plans to again approve genetically modified sugar beets in time for planting next year, a move that would nullify a federal court ruling in August that invalidated the original approval issued by the USDA five years ago. The USDA’s proposal represents the preliminary stage of the process and will be followed by a 30-day comment period before the department makes a final decision. The USDA laid out three possible options in the proposal, including an option not to re-approve the sugarbeets, but said its preferred course of action would be…

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