You really can’t blame some people for thinking that corruption might run rampant in the US Department of Agriculture after it deregulated Monsanto sugar beets even after a federal judge had already banned the said genetically modified crop.
The decision, which shocked and angered critics of GMO crops, came after just a few months of the court ruling.
Banned GE Sugar Beets Gets The Green Light
In November of 2010, a San Francisco federal judge issued a preliminary injunction that ordered the burning of more than 250 acres of seedlings of GE sugar beets in Oregon and Arizona.
But after being banned, Monsanto’s sugar beets once more got the green light from regulators after the USDA estimated that the sugar supply for this year could run short if they didn’t plant more sugar beets.
The sugar beets account for more than fifty percent of the US’s supply of sugar, according to USDA data. And Monsanto’s GM seeds are used to produce around 95% of the said crop.
It was Monsanto who petitioned the US government to deregulate the seeds and give them the go signal to be planted this year. Once the sugar beets were deregulated, Monsanto could continue to sell the GM seeds.
GE Vegetables - How To Keep Your Home Free Of Them
It’s already a bit difficult to spot GE food as it is, but if you follow these few simple steps, you can keep your home free of GE plants and vegetables, as well as other GMO products.
1. Buy Organic – One of the best ways to steer clear from GE vegetables is to buy organic. By buying organic, you’re making your dinner table safe from GE food.
2. Look for Non-GMO labels – While the manufacturers of GMO products aren’t required to label their products, producers of Non-GMO products are doing their part to counteract the problem instead. At the moment, products that carry the non-GMO labels are still very few, but if you and many more support them, they will grow in number.
3. Stay Away from Risky Ingredients – Even if the product is non-GMO it may contain ingredients that are GMOs. Ingredients that have a high possibility of being GMO plants are: soybean, corn, canola, cottonseed and sugar beets, among others.
4. Buy Milk and Meat from ‘Safe Cows’ – ‘Safe cows’ are cows which aren’t fed any genetically modified feed or grass. It is a good idea to make sure that the cows these products come from are 100% grass fed.
5. Buy Local – If you buy from local growers at the local market, you will be able to make sure that the produce you buy is non-GMO. Secondly, supporting your local market will also help these growers.
6. Plant a vegetable garden – If you have the space, you can plant a small vegetable garden. There are a couple of vegetables that you can easily grow on your own. By growing your own vegetable garden, you not only keep yourself safe, you also learn the value of being self-reliant. Just make sure to buy non-GMO seeds.