The Sugar Industry Biotech Council provides science-based information regarding biotechnology and other technological advances in sugar beet and sugar cane crops.  The crops and the sugar produced from them are shown in this image.

The Sugar is the Same

Sugar– whether from sugar beets or sugar cane, or from sugar crops grown using conventional, biotech or organic methods – is the same pure and natural sugar that consumers have always enjoyed. It has the same nutritional value, composition and wholesomeness.

  • Regulatory agencies around the world have reviewed Roundup Ready® sugar beets and confirmed that the sugar beets and end-products derived from those sugar beets are the same as the food and feed products derived from other, comparably grown sugar beets. Examples include:
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) consultation on Roundup Ready sugar beet
    • Health Canada
    • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
    • The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF)
    • Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
  • Independent scientific analyses conducted by internationally recognized laboratories showed that the sugar from Roundup Ready sugar beets is identical at the molecular level to the sugar from other, comparably grown sugar beets.

Biotechnology crops have improved the world’s food supply for more than a decade. In fact, ingredients from biotechnology-enhanced crops can be found in many of the foods we eat every day.

  • Ingredients from biotechnology-enhanced canola, corn, cotton and soybeans are routinely used in food product categories such as baked goods, cereal, confection and dairy, where sugar is another ingredient.
  • Major food and beverage manufacturers that buy sugar also buy ingredients derived from other crops improved through biotechnology.
  • Approximately half of the sweetener used by U.S. food and beverage manufacturers is high-fructose corn syrup and other corn-based products, which are derived from commodity corn that includes varieties enhanced by biotechnology.

Leading Bakery Snack Shortbread Cookie Ingredients

  • Wheat flour
  • Partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening (soybean, cottonseed, canola)*
  • Sugar
  • Modified food starch (corn)*
  • Corn syrup*
  • Soy flour*
  • Soy Lecithin*

*Ingredients derived from crops where biotech traits are a large percentage of the commodity crop.

Food and Beverage Products from Manufacturers that Buy Sugar as well as Ingredients Derived from Biotech Crops

  • Candy bars
  • Cakes, cookies, pies
  • Bread, bagels, donuts, muffins, sweet rolls
  • Snack crackers, chips
  • Ice cream, sherbet and novelties
  • Yogurt
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Toaster items: pastries, waffles
  • Fruit drinks and juices
  • Soft drinks
  • Condiments: salad dressings, ketchup, bar-b-que sauce, jams, jellies
  • Whipped toppings
  • Confections

Food & Feed Ingredients Derived from Biotech Crops

  • Soybeans
    • Oil
    • Lecithin
    • Protein isolate
    • Protein concentrate
    • Flour
    • Meal
  • Corn
    • Oil
    • Flour
    • High fructose syrup
    • Gluten feed
  • Canola
    • Oil
    • Meal
  • Cotton
    • Oil
    • Meal
    • Whole seed
    • Hulls
    • Linters (a component in salad dressing)
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