Hershey's GMO-free candy will hurt American farmers

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Exciting news, candy lover! Your Kit Kat will now contain sucrose molecules from Latin America instead of Minnesota.

That's right, an anti-GMO group has been hard at work,. . . For two years, they unleashed a cabal of angry Facebookers and Tweeters to tell Hershey's that they better "Break up with GMOs" or else! And break up Hershey's did, meaning they're dumping American sugar in favor of imported sugar.

For decades, some Hershey's candy has been made with sugar derived from a sugar beet. The sugar is the same as cane sugar, meaning it's just sucrose, however the beet itself is grown from a seed that is considered a "GMO" so people who are scared of GMOs/sell organic stuff had to go on the attack and bully companies like Hershey's to stop using it.

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It's fun to imagine the meeting where the candy executives try to figure out how to handle the pressure. After all, they acknowledge that GMOs are perfectly safe so it must have been a tough decision to jilt American farmers.

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Well done, GMO Inside! You and your minions have successfully risked the financial future of 10,000 sugar beet farmers so that a Hershey Bar will still be a Hershey Bar. . . .now Hershey's can market it as "gmo-free" and give it a little health halo. Excellent work. . . .

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Can you really make the case that importing sugar from Latin America is somehow more environmentally sound than sugar from Minnesota? GMO Inside certainly isn't delusional enough to think that all sugarcane plantations are run by benevolent leprechauns who use fairy dust to kill weeds. . . .

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