Update on U.S. District Court Activity by Sugar Industry Biotech Council

March 16, 2010

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White has denied the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction that would have prohibited planting of the biotech sugar beets that growers planted on 95 percent of their acreage last year.

We are pleased that the court denied the request and recognized the significant negative impact that an immediate ban on planting would have caused to growers, processors, rural communities and the U.S. sugar supply. This decision allows sugar beet growers to proceed with planting this year’s crop.

We look forward to the next phase of the court proceedings where we can present evidence about potential choices for our growers and processors.