Klobuchar Challenges "Roundup Ready" Beet RulingU.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar say she has had lengthy talks this week as an effort to make "Roundup Ready" sugar beets plantable by next spring.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar say she has had lengthy talks this week as an effort to make "Roundup Ready" sugar beets plantable by next spring.
Recently a U-S District Judge made a decision that took the genetically-altered seed off the market.
Klobuchar calls the decision "crazy". Mostly because it was made so quickly without considering how it would hurt farmers.
Klobuchar says since nearly all of the region's beets are "roundup" ready the ruling will have a major impact on growers in the Red River Valley.
U.S Senator Amy Klobuchar: "I just think it was such a sudden decision then in terms of impact. Im not sure the judge understood the impact of the decision. So hopefully the USDA is going to go forward to do partial deregulation and get that thing going to we can plant the crop. "
The "Roundup Ready" sugar beets can be sprayed with the weed killer and survive, so it makes it easier and less expensive for farmer to control weeds.
There is also concern that taking the genetically engineered sugar beets off the market so quickly will leave a shortage of regular beet seed for planting next spring.