The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public it has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) to address a request from the Monsanto Company and KWS SAAT AG for partial deregulation or some similar administrative action to allow the continued cultivation of Roundup Ready (RR) sugar beets under carefully tailored interim measures proposed by APHIS. The EA evaluates three options, including the agency's preferred alternative, which would authorize production of RR sugar beets under strict APHIS permit conditions.
"APHIS takes its role in protecting plant health very seriously and is well aware of the importance of this decision for sugar beet growers and processors," said Michael Gregoire, deputy administrator for APHIS' biotechnology regulatory services. "We are issuing this environmental assessment to share our decision-making process as transparently as possible and allow for public comment."
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