October 8, 2007
I'm sick and sugar beets...
I have strep throat, so I'm not feeling very entertaining right now. In fact, I'm feeling close to death. Not that I'm melodramatic or anything. Actually, now that I've been on antibiotics for a day, I am thinking life might be worth it after all, but in the wee hours of yesterday morning I had some serious doubts. So, whilst I recover the will to live, I've a project for you.


Background Information: American Crystal, a large Wyoming-based sugar company, who ironically have launched an "organic" line of their sugar, and several other leading U.S. sugar providers have announced they will be sourcing their sugar from genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets beginning this year and arriving in stores in 2008. Like GE corn and GE soy, products containing GE sugar will not be labeled as such.

Since half of the granulated sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, a move towards biotech beets marks a dramatic alteration of the U.S. food supply. These sugars, along with GE corn and soy, are found in many conventional food products, so consumers will be exposed to genetically engineered ingredients in just about every non-organic multiple-ingredient
product they purchase.

The GE sugar beet is designed to withstand strong doses of Monsanto's controversial broad spectrum Roundup herbicide. Studies indicate farmers planting "Roundup Ready" corn and soy spray large amounts of the herbicide, contaminating both soil and water. Farmers planting GE sugar beets are told they may be able to apply the herbicide up to five times per year. Sugar beets are grown on 1.4 million acres by 12,000 farmers in the U.S. from Oregon to Minnesota.

Meanwhile candy companies like Hershey's are urging farmers not to plant GE sugar beets, noting that consumer surveys suggest resistance to the product. In addition the European Union has not approved GE sugar beets for human consumption.

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Blogger Nyawela Gianna said...
Why am I not suprised? If you think genetically engineered plants are unsettling, what about milk products and eggs from genetically cloned animals? The latter is old news soon to be (prayerfully not) a reality. Check out the FDA website. I guess when I go back to school I'll take up agriculture ;) BTW,great blog and precious baby!