GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SUGAR TO HIT STORES IN 2008 (scroll to the bottom of this page to take
action) 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.
Atlas Chiropractic &
Nutrition Center 2 Quarry Lane, Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972 Phone: (610) 982-5966 - Fax: (610) 982-5960