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Take Action: Stop Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets

Genetically Engineered Roundup Ready Sugar Beets Expected to be Planted in Spring 2008.

GE Sugar to hit Stores and Food Products in Fall of 2008.
Stop Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets

Genetically Engineered Roundup Ready Sugar Beets Expected to be Planted in Spring 2008.

GE Sugar to hit Stores and Food Products in Fall of 2008.

Crystal Sugar

Background Information: American Crystal, a large Wyoming-based sugar company and several other leading U.S. sugar providers have announced they will be sourcing their sugar from Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready 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.

Since half of the granulated sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, the introduction of biotech beets marks a dramatic change in the U.S. food supply. These sugars, along with GE corn and soy, are found in thousands of 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 are now spraying more of the herbicide than ever before, 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 show resistance to the product. In addition the European Union has not approved GE sugar beets for human consumption.

Click here to send a letter to Kellog's, M&M Mars, and Hershey's:  http://www.nwrage.org/backdoor/ge_sugar_beets_letter.php

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