American Crystal Sugar Defends GMO Sugar Production

American Crystal Sugar says sugar beet shareholders will see improved results from this year’s crop.

The estimated payment for the 2015-2016 year is expected to be slightly higher than last year’s at $45-dollars per ton with yields at 17-point-9 percent.

But the company is facing challenges after losing one of its top clients to the anti-GMO movement.

CEO David Berg says losing the Hersey’s company due to genetically modified sugar won’t slow them down.

“That customer says they don’t want to buy beet sugar anymore, and I will say right here right now there is no good reason for that. The sugar is exactly the same and even if it wasn’t, it’s perfectly safe,” said Berg.
Berg says the company could produce non-GMO beets, but at this time he doesn’t feel it is necessary.

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