What is in this article?:
- USDA: GMO sugar beets likely to remain in U.S. fields for now
- An emboldened USDA
- How much conventional seed really is available?
Sugar beet farmers say a lack of conventional seed supply makes the use of genetically modified crops a necessity, but just how much non-GMO seed is available remains a mystery. Caught in the battle are the organic farmers whose crops are threatened by GMO contamination.
How much conventional seed really is available?
From an agricultural perspective, one of the most troubling aspects of this situation is the mystery surrounding the country’s non-GMO seed supply. According to Hubbard, it is largely unknown exactly how much conventional seed still exists because the seed companies have not been forthcoming with this information. “The seed industry has not been transparent and has left everyone wondering just how much conventional seed truly is available,” Hubbard said. “In turn, sugar beet farmers and the media are painting this as a potential sugar beet supply crisis.”
If the majority of conventional sugar beet seed has been eradicated, Hubbard said she believes that the seed companies must be held accountable. “Rather than having the foresight to ensure that conventional seed would always be available to farmers, they looked out for their own interests in aggressively moving forward with all GM sugar beet production.”