The Morning Brew: 3.17

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Genetically-altered beets will be harvested, orders a federal court judge. In a suit filed in 2007, a collection of environmental groups and organic farmers sued to stop the use of the Monsanto-developed beet seeds in 2010. Due to the plaintiffs filing suit too late in the harvest season, the judge ordered the harvest to prevent financial disaster. Half of the U.S. sugar supply comes from the beets in question. (Associated Press)

Save the restaurant critics! The decline of upscale dining and increase in food blogs and online reviews has taken a toll on the critic population. The latest victim? Wall Street Journal's Raymond Sokolv. Why we need to preserve them. (Time)

The International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago ended yesterday, where much of the focus was on push-of-a-button, single-purpose appliance for the cooking impaired. (The New York Times)

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