Big Candy Breaks Up With GMO Sugar Beets, Leaves GM Producers in Lurch

sugar_beet_farmingBy Brandon Turbeville

Despite a world-wide economic depression, U.S. consumers appear to be fighting back against the power of Big Agri and GMO food corporations. After seizing control of virtually all the means of production of sugar beets, GM food corporations might be getting dealt a blow that resembles a self-imposed checkmate.

Ever since around eight years ago, almost all the sugar beet farmers in the United States started growing GMO sugar beets. These GM beets are genetically modified to tolerate Roundup, aka glyphosate, obviously Monsanto and other Big Ag companies were quite pleased with the status quo. But in the past two years, with an increase in awareness about the dangers of GMOs, consumers have begun to demand another option for their sugar goods, seek out sweets that do not contain GMOs and pressure manufacturers to discontinue using the GMO sugar beets.

Big Ag is not accustomed to changing their behavior based on a consumer. In fact, Big Ag’s motto seems to be “Eat GMOs or starve.” But because of the change in the consumer appetite, manufacturers have, at the very least, seen dollar signs in regards to the non-GMO sugar beet market.

For instance, Hershey’s, one of the largest sugar users in the country, has begun transitioning from GMO sugar beets to sugar cane – a plant that is not currently genetically modified.

Deborah Arcoleo, director of product transparency at the Hershey Company said:

We started reformulating Hershey’s Kisses, Hershey’s milk chocolate, and Hershey’s milk chocolate with almonds, to move from beet sugar to cane sugar, and that’s complete. Now we’re looking to do that across the rest of our portfolio, to the extent that we can.

Other companies have followed suit. As a result, Big Ag is starting to feel the pain at the cash box. Essentially, manufacturers looking for sugar, are fleeing GMO sugar beets into the arms of cane sugar. In fact, that increased demand for cane sugar has resulted in a cane sugar shortage with many candy companies now asking the USDA to allow for more imports of cane sugar. The transition is so massive that even a number of farmers, currently growing GMO beets are now considering moving to the non-GMO version.

Part of the reason for the transition, is the increase in customer demand for non-GMO products and the desire for companies to attract buyers from that market by placing the non-GMO label on their products.

This article (Big Candy Breaks Up With GMO Sugar Beets, Leaves GM Producers in Lurch) can be republished under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Brandon Turbeville and Natural

Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

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5 Comments on "Big Candy Breaks Up With GMO Sugar Beets, Leaves GM Producers in Lurch"

  1. Not impressed at all. It has been found out that pure cane sugar is quick aged with loads of round up in the last months of grow. So there is no diff only levels of the know!

    • Sparky McBiff | May 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm | Reply

      Yes you are right.
      It’s not just the fact that GMOs are bad, it’s the fact that they’re now spraying a multitude of non-GMO crops with Roundup (Glyphosate) shortly before harvest.
      It is becoming more and more obvious that the overall intention is to attack the citizens on all sides by any means necessary.

      • EmmettGrogan | May 19, 2016 at 7:02 pm | Reply

        They’re also spraying fluoride on them as a pesticide; commercial tea is one of the worst. Yumi makes non-fluoride tea but is very expensive.

  2. lightingstrikesthrice | May 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm | Reply

    Excellent. I would love to see the fall of Big Agri Business and DuPont and Monsanto and all GMO’s all together. Personal, public and community gardens and farms.

  3. Big ag – Big pharma – same o-same-o – avoid all of hersheys “candy”. Hershey is amongst the NWO and the unholy ones. Another weapon to sicken folks – especially children.

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