Sugar Shortage Possible for Store Brands

WASHINGTON A potential ban on planting genetically modified (GM) sugar beet seeds in 2011 could equate to a 20% drop in U.S. sugar production, and a huge headache for retailers looking to source bagged sugar for their private labels. Approved for use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2005, GM sugar beet seeds now produce 95% of sugar beets grown in the U.S. But a judge's dismissal in August

WASHINGTON — A potential ban on planting genetically modified (GM) sugar beet seeds in 2011 could equate to a 20% drop in U.S. sugar production, and a huge headache for retailers looking to source bagged sugar for their private labels.

Approved for use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2005, GM sugar beet seeds now produce 95% of sugar beets grown in the U.S. But a judge's dismissal in August of the USDA's initial approval due to a lack of research on the seeds' environm

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