This news just in from fellow Vermonter Tom Stearns, president of High Mowing Organic Seeds.
Last week, on September 22, 2009, the 9th Circuit Court in California ruled in favor of High Mowing Organic Seeds in their suit against the USDA regarding the premature deregulation of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) sugar beets. High Mowing was joined in the suit by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), Organic Seed Alliance and the Sierra Club and were represented by attorneys from CFS and Earth Justice.
As Tom says, “This ruling means that the USDA will likely require much more thorough research and a full Environmental Impact Study prior to allowing more GE crops to be released. It may also result in a moratorium on any more GMO sugar beets getting planted. The USDA has a lot of work to do, but is recently making great progress. I hope that this lawsuit will confirm for them that people really care about our food system and keeping it safe and healthy.”
For some background on the issue, and why Tom and his company took this case to court, read this letter.
Here at Gardener’s Supply we extend our congratulations and thanks to Tom Stearns, the staff at High Mowing Seeds, and the many others who are working to protect the present and future health of our food supply and the environment.
P.S. We carry seeds from High Mowing in our stores and recommend them highly. When it comes time to buy your seeds next spring, consider giving High Mowing your business! Here’s their Safe Seed Pledge.