As Big Candy Ditches GMOs, Sugar Beet Farmers Hit a Sour Patch

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Demand for sugar from sugar beets is down as candy companies are sourcing sugar from sugarcane in order to label candy as non-GMO. GM sugar beet production is considered by many to have less environmental impact than non-GM sugar cane production. Dan Charles from NPR reports on this phenomenon in “Food for Thought”. 

Additional thoughts on the subject from Dr. Kevin Folta, Professor at University of Florida on the environmentally sensitive practice of burning sugar cane fields.

Dr. Andrew Kniss of the University of Wyoming discusses environmental costs of increased herbicide use conentional sugar beets versus GM sugar beets.

Additional information about GM sugar beets  including the potential for cross contamination with conventional or organic sugar beets.

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Photo of Dr. Keith EdmistenDr. Keith EdmistenProfessor of Crop Science & Extension Cotton Specialist (919) 515-4069 keith_edmisten@ncsu.eduCrop and Soil Sciences - NC State University
Updated on Jan 18, 2018
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