Roundup Ready Sugarbeets

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Roundup Ready Sugarbeets (RR Sugarbeets) are genetically engineered sugarbeets that has had their DNA modified to withstand the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup). They are also known as "glyphosate tolerant" sugarbeets. As with all Roundup Ready Crops, a farmer planting RR sugar beets can spray the entire field with glyphosate, killing only the weeds while the crop survives. Most of the controversy surrounding the Roundup Ready Sugarbeet surrounds Monsanto's variety of RR sugar beets which are identified as "Event H7-1." See the page on Event H7-1 for more information.





  • 2005: Monsanto petitions the U.S. to deregulate Event H7-1 and the U.S. deregulates Event H7-1 in March.[3]
  • August 31, 2005: Canada deregulates Event H7-1.
  • 2008: Farmers begin planting Event H7-1 sugarbeets.


  • August 2010: A judge overturns the USDA's deregulation of Event H7-1 until the USDA completes an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), prohibiting farmers from planting the Roundup Ready sugar beet until the EIS is completed and the USDA deregulates it once agani.[3][4][5][6]
  • February 4, 2011: The USDA announces a partial deregulation of Event H7-1 for root crop production only.[3]
  • July 19, 2012: The U.S. deregulates Event H7-1 sugarbeets once again.[7]


For more information, see the Controversies section in the article on Roundup Ready Crops.

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY v. Vilsack, Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit 2011.
  2. Federal Register, January 8, 1999.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Tadlock Cowan and Kristina Alexander, "Deregulating Genetically Engineered Alfalfa and Sugar Beets," Congressional Research Service, January 25, 2012.
  4. Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, 734 F. Supp. 2d 948 - Dist. Court, ND California 2010
  5. Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, 636 F. 3d 1166 - Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit 2011
  6. Judge Jeffrey S. White, "Center for Food Safety v. Thomas J. Vilsack Ruling," August 13, 2010.
  7. USDA Announces Decision to Deregulate Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets, USDA, July 19, 2012, Accessed July 22, 2012.

External resources

External articles

  • Andrew Pollack, "Judge Revokes Approval of Modified Sugar Beets," New York Times, August 13, 2010.