Friday, December 3, 2010

Support Sugar Beets

I am writing you because I believe you have an interest in agriculture. More importantly, I believe you would support a farmer's ability and right to choose to produce food in a more environmentally friendly manner.

In 2005 the US government, after a full scientific and regulatory review, authorized the planting of Roundup Ready sugar beets. These seeds had been modified to tolerate treatment by the popular and safe herbicide, Roundup. Farmers were quick to recognize the value of the a technology, and by 2009 fully 95% of the US sugar beet acres were planted with Roundup Ready seeds.

Now, the ability of farmers to continue using this valuable and environmentally beneficial technology is at risk. In response to a lawsuit brought by activist groups, USDA is now soliciting the public's view on the future use of this technology. It is imperative that supportive viewpoints be expressed. Failing to do so puts the future of the US sugar beet industry in severe peril.

Please take a few moments to click on the following link. I hope you will be willing to express your support of farmers ability to use this environmentally and economically beneficial technology. Comments MUST BE SUBMITTED BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS NEXT MONDAY, DECEMBER 6th.

Thank you very much,

Duane Grant

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