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Farmers begin planting Monsanto beets

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Farmers in Eastern Oregon have begun USDA-mandated training in order to grow Monsanto-made Roundup Ready beets.

Growers, cooperatives and seed companies are racing to meet strict regulations governing the transportation, handling and growing of the crop put in place since the biotech beets were re-regulated as a result of ongoing litigation filed by environmentalists.

A large gathering of growers attended a training session on March 22 in Idaho's Magic Valley, and the Snake River Sugar Cooperative is offering the sessions online, said Duane Grant, the co-op's board chairman.

Growers who receive the instructions and get their compliance agreements signed may receive seed and begin planting, Grant said.

Read more at Capital Press.

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0 #1 Monsanto's Suicide Seeds!!!judyinwash 2011-03-24 11:55:46
I for one will not be buying beets unless they're organic. I love beets but if Eastern Oregon is going Monsanto, I won't be eating them much anymore.
Sad that farmers are being FORCED into using these suicide seeds.
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0 #2 They're sugar beetsjudyineasternor 2011-03-24 12:12:49
@judyinwash... these are sugar beets, used for making sugar, not table beets. Also, farmers are not being forced into using the seeds, only "forced" into training if they choose to plant them.
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0 #3 Judy in Washingtonjjdboulej 2011-03-25 07:43:08
Unfortunately, Judy represents most of the people that are ignorant on the subject.
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0 #4 Monsanto SeedsKMC 2011-03-26 20:47:00
These GMO crops that are wind pollinated spread far beyond a given farmer's fields and contaminate the whole local area. And then the pesticide companies sue the contaminated farmers for "unauthorized use of restricted seeds"!!
Ban GMO in the first place and avoid all these problems at the start!!
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0 #5 Beet growerP.C. 2011-03-28 06:50:36
FYI, We've been growing these dangerous beets for the last five years now and haven't found any 3 legged frogs or any other abnormalities.
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Curious Consumer
0 #6 Qustions for Beet GrowerCurious Consumer 2011-03-28 08:34:49
Why have you decided to grow Monsanto's GMO beets? Are there no suitable naturally hybridized varieties available?

If you could get the same yields/results from non-Monsanto, non-GMO seeds, would you still choose to grow Monsanto GMO beets? And, why?
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Drowning in glyphosate
0 #7 Found the patent violations yet?Drowning in glyphosate 2011-03-28 11:29:10
"FYI, We've been growing these dangerous beets for the last five years now and haven't found any 3 legged frogs or any other abnormalities."

That's not MY point. My point is that your neighbor farmers can and do get sued by Monsanto for inadvertently growing their product.

My other point is, do we really know what large amounts of herbicide will do over the long run?

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