US biotech sugarbeet growers may lose market share as demand for non-GMO sugar grows

| | October 25, 2016
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The anti-GMO movement has evolved beyond just a simple trend… It’s enough of a demand shift to garner the attention of major food supply-chain manufacturers like Cargill and US regulators despite reticence by the sugarbeet industry to ever imagine going back to the pre-GMO days some akin to the dark ages.

But what beet growers may find is that over time demand will shrink as consumers look for more non-GMO products….Even though major beet sugar producers like Amalgamated Sugar say they support labelling because they believe GMOs to be safe, most consumers who care about GMO labelling don’t believe it’s safe. … That growing demand for “safe” sugar … is what has led to price divergence in the US market for GMO beet sugar and non-GMO cane sugar, and even led to a special import quota of cane sugar to fill the supply gap.

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Don’t …[assume] that non-GMO is a discussion that is going to quickly go away…  the sugar industry must be ready to respond or lose market share to imports.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Sugaronline Editorial – I don’t GMO By Meghan Sapp

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