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America's sugar beet growers are under siege as U.S. food companies increasingly shun GMO crops

Melanie Wong | Nov 29, 201503:24 PM     8

"...Now, as public sentiment moves against GMO crops and imports of cane sugar rise, sugar beet growers have seen their share of the U.S. sugar market slip to the smallest on record. Critics believe GMO crops contribute to the industrialization of farming and question promises of safety.

Beets' share of all U.S. sugar deliveries – which represent total demand to major users and customers – fell to less than 41 percent of the U.S. total of 11.8 million tons (10.7 million tonnes) in the last fiscal year, a record low, down from 47 percent of 10.4 million tons in the 2008 crop year, the year the biotech seeds were introduced on a commercial scale, according to U.S. government data dating from 1992. .."

GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars

www.reuters.com
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