Statement by the Sugar Industry Biotech Council on Appellate Court Activity

May 26, 2011

On May 20, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the motion of Monsanto and other industry intervenors to dismiss the remaining appeals on Case number 10-17335.  The intervenor group had voluntarily asked that the appeal be dismissed.  As a result of subsequent court decisions and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actions, continuation of the appeals had little consequence for Roundup Ready sugar beet growers or seed companies. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued interim measures to allow the planting of Roundup Ready sugar beets and farmers are planting Roundup Ready sugar beet crops.