Sugar co-op exploring return to conventional sugar beets as food manufacturers shun GMOs

| | August 3, 2016
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. . . . [S]ome consumers remain wary of GMOs, including when it comes to sugar.

Nearly two-thirds of domestic sugar production comes from sugar beets, which are grown with genetically modified seeds.

A few big food manufacturers. . . are now saying they will use non-GMO cane sugar instead of beet sugar in products. . . .

. . . .

It’s unclear how much of an advantage that’s handing to growers of sugar cane, which is not genetically modified. The ag co-op American Crystal Sugar said so far beet sugar sales aren’t affected, but the co-op is nevertheless exploring what it would take to return to conventional sugar beets . . .

Doing so could be challenging, as it might be difficult to get enough of a supply of conventional seeds, along with the old herbicides.

However, the bigger barrier could be getting everyone in the co-op to agree they should sell non-GM sugar beets.

“Either everyone is in or everybody’s out,” said Dan Younggren, a sugar beet farmer in Hallock, Minn. “And I know everyone wants to stay in where we’re at.”

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