Statement by the Sugar Industry Biotech Council on Draft Environmental Impact Statement

October 17, 2011

On Oct. 14, 2011, announcement of a public comment period for Glyphosate-Tolerant H7–1 Sugar Beets, Request for Nonregulated Status, was published in the Federal Register. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on Oct. 11, 2011, the availability of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that examines the potential environmental effects of determining the nonregulated status of these glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready® sugar beets. The Federal Register notice requests public comments on the draft EIS through Dec. 13, 2011.

On Feb. 4, 2011, following an environmental assessment, APHIS authorized the interim planting of Roundup Ready sugar beets subject to conditions while it independently considers nonregulated status.

The sugar industry is currently reviewing the draft EIS.