America has a sweet tooth. We eat over 8 tons of sugar derived from different sources every year. For decades farmers provided a myriad of food makers with the sugar they needed without relying on GM sugar beets. But with promises made by Monsanto in 2008 (the year genetically modified sugar beet seeds were introduced), farmers began counting on increased yields and reduced costs. Now they face record low sales as American consumers demand non-GMO food.
The trend for consumers to demand non-GM, organic food is pushing a demand for non-GM sugar beets, and food producers are making that clear to farmers in Michigan, North Dakota, Idaho, and other states who switched to GM seeds when they were introduced just under a decade ago. With beets accounting for 60% of all of America’s sugar needs annually, even a small reduction in their use would cause farmers to feel the pinch.
Food companies are feeling the backlash from customers for not heeding their heavy requests for non-GM foods.
“Companies including Hershey Co, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc , Unilever Plc subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc and General Mills Inc have pledged to ditch GMO ingredients in some products, bowing to customer pressure. “Millennials care about the ingredients that are in our products,” said Eric Boyle, director of responsible sourcing at Hershey. “Simple ingredients are a long-term trend. This is where things are going.”
Mounting pressure from consumers also means that GM sugar beets saw the lowest sales since GM seeds were first introduced. Sugar beet demand (with most of all sugar beets being grown in the US being genetically modified) fell to less than 41% 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% of 10.4 million tons in the 2008 crop year. 2008 was the year the biotech seeds were introduced on a commercial scale, according to U.S. government data dating from 1992.
The US sugar beet market is currently protected through quotas and marketing allotments (government subsidies) which give growers a 4-cent a pound premium over global prices, which have lately been depressed due to oversupply.
Refined cane sugar typically trades at a slight premium over refined beet sugar. Raw sugar costs about 25 cents a pound in the United States.
Food makers are also turning to more healthy sugars like coconut sugar and certified, non-GM honey in order to meet consumer demand. Coconut sugar comes from palms, though, and their harvest poses another problem. Coconut sugar is said to cause fewer spikes in blood glucose levels, but many coconut trees are ‘retired’ to simply provide sap that is then turned to processed sugar, causing a shortage of coconuts.
Sustainable sugar sources are out there though, and they certainly don’t require genetic engineering. Even Bacardi has promised 100% sustainable sugarcane sourcing.
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Ubiquinol is a key chemical in the management of cell electron activity ( Q Cycle ). It is produced by the symbiotic activity of a special bacteria in our bodies. Glyphosate or Round-Up acts as an antibacterial as well as a weed killer. You can draw your own conclusions as to what happens if we keep eating a chemical that kills the bacteria that gives us life.
Wow, maybe we should start using glyphosate as the new weapon against the super bugs Julie was talking about!! Great idea edthegrocer!! Even more uses!!
On the realistic side, yes glyphosate was tested as an antibiotic, but it was so ineffective that it never was used. Sorry edthegrocer just another dead end for you.
Last time. Round-Up is capable of completely destroying all life in a field. I don`t see why it could not kill some or all of a symbiotic bacteria that is responsible for Ubiquinol. It follows that you do not understand the importance of Ubiquinol. It is the key chemical in ageing and our immune system. Deficiency is a common state for ubiquinol and that deficiency is what we call ageing and illness. If you expand that deficiency by sloping Round-Up on all of our food we will be sick all of the time. Learn something. Study the Q cycle and how Ubiquinol is produced. Understand that it is fat soluble which means that it will move on demand to our active muscle cells and away from all other cells to their detriment.
You are the one that needs to learn something. Farmers do not slop roundup on food, it never hits the seeds as there are strict limits on when and how much can be applied. As for you not being able to see why roundup can’t kill bacteria? Maybe you should do some research into the subject then and you would be able to find out that it was tested as an antibiotic and failed. Once again LEARN something. Your stupidity is dangerous.
Yeah almost stupid as trying to pass off that you know exactly what every Farmer is doing, lmao.
Simply put, acting like the authority and making assumptions based on, because you say so.
Now that’s stupid.
If farmers do not wish to follow the law then that is up to them. You lack of knowledge on the subject is very pronounced as is your stupidity. Of course what would one expect from someone that laughs at our government the way you do.
I’m not the one acting like I know what every individual is doing.
It has been highly reported that Farmers abuse the pesticides and herbicides out of desperation and lack of knowledge that the suppliers are required to pass on by law.
Since they are abusing them and agent’s are required by law to educate them, they are breaking the law, per contractual agreement and the passed legislation removing the manufacturer from liability.
Go look at your contracts in your fictitious file cabinet at your fictitious feed and seed.
It has nothing to do with seed or contracts. Anyone applying a pesticide is required by law to read and follow the label. The label is on every container that is purchased so there are no excuses. Thanks again Joe for showing you stupidity on the subject.
Anyone selling a pesticide is required by law also, they are the agent. Just because you say so doesn’t make anything a fact. I’m sure the labeling is slightly different for a 55 gallon drum under the cfr 49, which the agent is responsible for supplying the MSDS and ensuring understanding, not to mention that shipment is also in compliance with the DOT and applicable State EPA regulations. You didn’t know that, your breaking federal law then. I wish I could do an EPA compliance inspection on your fictitious operation, you would be fined ten’s of thousands of dollars, I’m sure, just based on your openly displayed ignorance of Haz-Mat compliance regulations and laws.
Folks here can look it up for themselves, it’s too easy. I did.
Thanks again for showing your stupidity. Chemicals like glyphosate are not regulated by the DOT since they are non hazardous. They also are not sold in 55 gallon containers (try 30 gallon drums there moron), and yes they have the exact same label on them as do the 2.5 gallon container. If you wish to get into different labeling laws then you must get into the refillable containers, and then the law governs the container, not the product as the same label still applies. As for being inspected, at a minimum we are visited four times per year by our state chemist, who does inspections not only for the state but also the federal government. We are also required to fill out many reports each year for both the federal and state government.
By all mean I encourage anyone to look this up, they will see that glyphosate is not a restricted use pesticide and is already sold in stores such as lowes, home depot, and in much larger quantities in places like Rural King. They will also find out that you are once again lying by looking this information up.
Wrong and I didn’t specify glyphosate you did. I said pesticide and Haz-Mat.
You do know the Military services uses many types of Haz-Mat and have professionals in the area of the materials shipping, storage and Haz waste programs? Don’t forget about shipping and storing ammunition, I’m be inclined to think the Military personnel have more knowledge in this area than you do.
These professionals ship these items world wide and are required to comply with the CFR, DOT, EPA state and Federal, IMDG, IATA, ADR, and Military Regulations, just to mention those that come to mind immediately. They are also extensively trained as first responders for spill emergencies and working with Local, State and Federal spill teams and responders.
Round up still has an MSDS.
Yes I am sure certain military personal know quite a bit about some of it, but what does that have to do with anything? Because we have already established that you weren’t in the military. You could never have left mommy for that long.
Oh and by the way since this conversation was about spraying glyphosate any attempt by you to change the subject not even under consideration. Get your mind off your blowup doll and try to keep up with the conversation.
Since this is effectively a social experiment, my mentioning common basics for the business regulations and my applied practices for social experimentation is warranted. You have no say in my actions.
You have established that I wasn’t in the Military, but I’m pretty sure you already know. Since the Military does everything the civilian sector does, just better and safer, due to training and discipline, those activists would want to totally debase and attack the technical and professional sector if they aren’t supporting their mind set and views. They already do it within their own communities, ie Blue Falcons.
There many who know a lot more than you do, which your childish rants consistently prove.
You are the one that has been proven wrong time and again on this subject and many others. As far as the military doing things better and safer? Lets not forget that they are ones that spend $400 on a hammer and $1200 on a toilet seat. Of course you don’t really care since they use tax money to buy that kind of stuff, and that means you would actually have to get a job instead of spending all day in mommies basement banging the rubber blowup doll.
How do you think they fund those agencies that provide you with your training and pay, since the private corporate PR and marketing firms got all of their systems and applicable policies and information from the Military.
Not wise, biting the hand that feeds you, lmao.
LOL, once again with your babbles? You are the one that wants to overthrow the government that keeps you on welfare.
Ahh, I get it now.
When you have nothing left you insult and distract.
There are really no winners, it’s not about winning but rather about surviving.
LOL, whatever you want to think. I guess in a way you are right it isn’t about winning, because gmos have already won hands down, in the field on the table, in the lab, and even with the governments.
But we do your work,
www dot organicconsumers dot org/essays/monsanto-iraq-and-afghanistan
At least your masters are grateful,
fox2now dot com/2012/09/28/missouri-national-guard-members-to-be-honored-at-monsanto/
You might try it…
See real military is for monsanto, more proof that you are fake.
Obviously you don’t know what real Military is.
As you can see in my profile, I do.
LOL, you moron your profile is private so nobody can see it. You really are that stupid aren’t you.
The picture there has my Military retirement document.
Yes and that has to be only yours. You could have easily swiped it from your neighbor on you once a year trip out of the basement. A real military person would have respected the government and the law not bashed it like you have there loser.
I’m still here?
So? There are killers and drug dealers still on the loose as well.
LMAO, I’m easy to find for the Govt, I have given them all of my information and keep it updated as required, not to mention the 20+ years of service records they hold.
Your really stupid, lmao.
Yes they are in the business of seeking out people that live their lives scared in a basement. LOL, you think you are so important that they really care about you.
I’m sorry your scared and don’t have the slightest clue of reality beyond your required attacks on freedom and individual rights.
The Military supported your masters, your proof promises were made and never intended to be kept. I’m very hurt as finding the truth of the actions I was ordered to be involved in.
At least a million of your tax dollars were spent training me, you should be scared.
I trained for war, you trained to spread lies and BS on the internet, tell me who is the coward.
LOL, lets not forget that you are the scared coward living in the basement not I. I am for the constitution and the rights it gives us, you are against it and everything it stands for.
But you deny individual and Natural Constitutional rights?
You support genocide in the name of profit and bash those who were used to influence your agenda?
As soon as I found out I had supported your masters, I made myself known and voiced my apologies, and concerns. Yes as you imply, that is the action of a coward.
You continue to support tyranny and oppression?
You continually call the US Military Members cowards and attack their Family Members?
Satan is smiling down upon you, I’m sure he is very pleased.
I’m not criminally minded, I would have never thought of that.
You shouldn’t comment on things you have no knowledge about.
LOL, you have admitted to wanting to overthrow the government. A little petty theft wouldn’t be beyond a coward like yourself.
Seriously, this again?
1 person could take over the world?
Please try to find something at least remotely possible and believable.
And you have admitted your responsibility and part in the act of murdering and maiming millions of People for the act of oppression and tyranny.
My accusation is a fact.
Yours is delusional.
Hitler, one person. I realize you don’t even come close to him, except in your imagination that is. By the way did you name your blowup doll Eva?
The point is to take responsibility, not talk about folks Family members or imply I share your oppressive mindset.
Responsibility is something else a coward such as yourself have never expire coed.
I, State Your Name, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; So help me God.
Parts of it have been left out, but the First is the standing order.
This Duty never ends.
Again, insulting the Nations Service Members and disrespecting their Families on the internet is the true display of cowardice.
LOL, yours NEVER started!!!!! What a coward..
Doesn’t make sense, try again.
Why would I want to be like Hitler, I am already disgusted finding out that I did the work for your masters.
Your pussies sent us in there, because your the cowards.
Lol, that’s kinda hard since you never left the basement.
And, you know this is a fact because…
These folks served for the corporate agenda, Don’t mention the hardships and adversities they faced while in Country.
Many come back just to find, they lost their jobs/businesses. Got injured and now have to fight to find support. Did I mention Family problems, like Divorce.
But they freed up the land so your benefactors could make billions of dollars.
It’s easy to look, but you also need to see.
LOL, that is funny since you can’t see your hand in front of your face.
I have had National Guard Attached under me and Reserve.
I have also had to deal with redeployment and the SCRA. Medical issues, Family issues while deployed and on return.
I know thousands of Military Personnel that have been there and done that, many of them my Soldiers.
Your pretty much just bashing for the fun of it, because I have proven that my Service is a fact.
Now seeing the GE industry using the Nations Service Members to do their dirty work, that really pisses me off.
Lol, that is funny. You haven’t proven anything. All you have done is to prove that real military people support Monsanto and gmos and the constitution. Something you despise. You are nothing but a lowlife snake. You really need to crawl back on your belly under the rock you came from so real soldiers don’t have to put up with your fake antics.
You don’t care about the suffering?
I now know why your acting this way, and have targeted the Military and their Families.
LOL, you keep whining about that, but the only one I have ever said anything about is YOU and your lies. Strange how you just can’t accept things, but again most cowards can’t.
Your new watch word, cowards?
Man up punk. Lets see who you are, I lived up to my end of the bargain.
LOL, you have done no such thing there coward.
Your just programmed to attack anyone that stands to ruin the image of Satan.
I’m standing, come get me.
No you do whatever you wish to satan. Oh by the way I think it is funny how you capitalize his name giving him his due, but I guess someone like you does such things.
I was just respecting your deity.
Some People try to respect others views and opinions.
From your displayed lack of knowledge, OSHA should pay a visit to your fictitious business also.
I’m sure you would be fined thousands of dollars, not to mention the money spent to attain compliance to regulations.
I’ll bet you would have to hire a private contractor to remove tons of Haz Waste.
For more than two decades, non-organic wheat farmers have been routinely
using glyphosate as a “crop desiccant” — applied to the field 7-10 days
prior to harvest in order to “dry down” the crop for uniformity.
More, very nice article of the lows that GMO corporations and their followers will resort to,
telesurtv dot net/english/opinion/Andres-Carrasco-vs-Monsanto-20141001-0090.html
Routinely? Afraid there moron it is a very rare thing for that to happen. The major reason why is cost. I realize that you aren’t smart enough to think these things through, but maybe you should try sometime. First there is the cost of the roundup, second there is the application cost, third there is the amount of wheat that is destroyed by driving over it, third there is loss test weight by the crop dying unnaturally. Need I go on? No wonder you hide in your basement playing gi joe because you are to stupid to make it in the real world. I bet you even turn off Eva.
stackyard dot com/news/2006/07/arable/06_osr_harvesting_trials.html
roundup dot ca/_uploads/documents/MON-Preharvest%20Staging%20Guide dot pdf
This information might be a little more helpful, and there are no insults in it.
Snopes dot com/food/tainted/roundupwheat dot asp. Again you know nothing of farming, the military, or anything else in the real world. You are nothing more than a sad individual that has never done a honest day’s work. You only try to insult people to make your own miserable existence tolerable. No wonder you have to use a blowup doll since no real woman wants anything to do with you.
The one thing I do know about the Military and Intelligence Community,
They know everything about you and have unfettered access to all of your information, cell phone and bank accounts.
That’s fine, I have nothing to hide. I am not the one pretending to have been in the military and I am not the one speaking out against the government.
If I was guilty, or even suspected, of any of that, I’d be gone already, duh.
LOL, you already admitted they know everything. That means they know you are nothing more than a loud mouthed perv living in mommies basement with a make believe wife you is really a no more than a blowup doll.
Yes that means they know me, but after 20+ years with them, uhh duh, wouldn’t it be obvious I know many of them also.
Your really showing a complete disconnect from reality and your attacks on innocents is very telling of the mindset of those who blindly follow.
You seem to believe that you know everything, your a continued danger to all.
Yes the truth is always a danger to liars like yourself. You could be dangerous if you would ever get out of mommies basement and actually get people to follow you to help you act on the treason you preach. Oh wait they couldn’t help you they could only do it for you since you are to big of a coward to actually do it yourself.
As your response indicates, you have no truth.
No facts followed by insults is the sign of defeat.
Then the attempts at getting an emotional response through insults.
Then by your own standards you have lost. Thanks for admitting it.
So your snopes article is more accurate than the Monsanto instruction manual I linked?
Could never get yours to come up, but it appears to be a site from England. So who really cares about how they treat wheat in England. Snopes is designed to simply find the answers to claims. They talked to real American Farmers to find out the truth. Something that you can’t do from your basement.
Check out the grain farmers who spray their mature crops in order that everything dies at the same time so that harvesting nets a higher grade. And not just the odd farmer. So…how does Round-up end up in most fetal blood.
Hey Gmo Roberts, you love it so much do us a favor shill and go drink it!! lmao, now go get your Monsanto paycheck and change your name to cancer Roberts…..we could only hope see you at the Hague LOLOL