Beet sugar is safe, but GM pandering is not

Hershey’s move is wrong; a hungry, crowded world needs the benefits of GM technology.

The recent report that Hershey Co. will stop buying beet sugar (“Hershey says ‘bye’ to beet sugar,” Dec. 28) because it comes from genetically modified (GM) seeds was disappointing, because the decision had nothing to do with the safety of beet sugar produced by farmers here in Minnesota and North Dakota. Instead, it has everything to do with consumer misperceptions that genetically modified foods are somehow unsafe.

The truth is this: There is no difference between beet and cane sugar. This is because all DNA and genes in both types of sugar are removed during processing, leaving one thing only — pure sugar.

Read the full article on the Star Tribune website.