Louisiana cane farmers benefitting from demand for non-GMO sugar

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It’s been a while since Louisiana cane farmer Thomas Viator felt this good about his crop. . .

A mild winter and rain that has tapered down to just enough has his cane looking good. Even better, though, is a consumer market that’s veering from ingesting genetically modified foods.

. . .[S]ugar cane’s main rival . . .genetically modified sugar beets —is falling out of favor with consumers.

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“There is a demand in the market for sugar that is produced from non-GMO . . . sources,” said Jim Simon, president of the . . . American Sugar Cane League.

“It is providing some benefit for us,” Simon said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be long term.”

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. . . .Simon said, it’s really the total supply of sugar that affects the price.

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Anticipating a 2016-17 supply that will fall from last year’s levels, the USDA has raised the limit on the amount of sugar Mexico this year can sell to the U.S. . . .in 2016-17 the U.S. will import 1.67 million tons of sugar from Mexico, a 35.4 percent increase. . .

Read full, original post: Louisiana sugar doing well, thanks in part to consumers’ distaste for GMO sugar beets

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