Sugar and GMO

If you are making an effort to avoid GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods, then it is very important to know the difference between CANE sugar and regular granulated white sugar.

As of 2008 in North America, virtually all sugar does not come from sugar cane, it comes from beets. Beets have a very high sugar content, are a crop that can be grown in the cold North (Minnesota, the Dakotas, Canada, and the Midwest, to name just a few), and are processed into granulated sugar. Beet sugar is usually a little less expensive because it's widely grown and readily available - not just grown in the tropical climate of Florida. It comes in the same 5lb and 4lb packages as cane sugar, and looks identical to granulated sugar made from sugar cane.

In the 2008 - 2009 planting year, however, the planting of beet crops took a dark and poisonous turn. Enter Monsanto, with GMO beet seeds and Roundup. Yes things have changed since I grew up, because sugar is no longer sugar. Just like with corn, the crops of the minority of farmers who stood up to Monsanto and chose NOT to plant GMO beet seed, are still polluted with GMO beets, because the crops are mixed during post-harvest storage and processing. Organic and GMO corn is mixed together in the silos (unless you buy certified organic corn); and the same is true of beets.

Now all North American granulated sugar, except granulated CANE sugar, is polluted with GMOs, since 2008.

So "sugar", and "pure sugar", and "100% sugar", is not enough. It is important to read the label of your sugar, to verify if it is "CANE sugar". Which means it's not GMO beet sugar. Generic brands are never CANE sugar.

If you would like to reduce the amount of pesticides in your sugar and avoid GMO, buy CANE sugar that is also ORGANIC.


Source: Carol Faith Walkr

Susan Arruda