[Editor’s note: Wanda Patsche and her husband own and operate an independent farm in southern Minnesota, raising corn, soybeans and pigs.]
In the past, Hershey has used sugar from both sugar beets and sugar cane. But now the company is not buying sugar from sugar beet farmers. Why? Because the vast majority of sugar beets grown in the U.S. [are genetically modified]…. But what they don’t want you to know is GMOs are safe and were developed so farmers could use less pesticides.
Prior to growing GMO sugar beets, farmers sprayed more toxic pesticides many times throughout the growing season to keep weeds at bay. Using the RoundUp pesticide, sugar beet farmers now use much less pesticides because they can spray fewer times. Not only using less pesticides but glyphosate is less toxic than what they were using prior. Great for the farmers and great for the environment.
They don’t want you to know the difference between sugar from GMO and non-GMO sugar beets. Why?
Because there is NO difference. None.
After sugar beets are processed for the sugar, there is NO DNA present. What does that mean? Sugar is sugar is sugar. The sugar that comes from a GMO sugar beet and a non-GMO sugar beet are identical. No lab can detect any differences between sugar that comes from a GMO sugar beet and a non-GMO sugar beet. The following chart is from the Genetic Literacy Project.
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