The Sugar Industry Biotech Council provides science-based information regarding biotechnology and other technological advances in sugar beet and sugar cane crops. This image shows sugar beets that grow under ground.

Biotechnology-Enhanced Sugar Beets

Sugar beet and sugar cane growers throughout North America face significant challenges protecting their crops from weeds, insects and disease.

Biotechnology provides a platform for new technologies to manage these challenges and develop traits, such as new options for weed control, insect protection and disease resistance.

Sugar beets that have been enhanced through biotechnology and contain the Roundup Ready® gene allow growers to control weeds using Roundup agricultural herbicides.

The Roundup Ready system in sugar beets requires fewer herbicide applications to effectively control weeds. Fewer trips across the field mean reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced soil erosion, reduced soil compaction and enhanced water conservation. These sugar beets are helping growers manage weeds, improve productivity and lessen impacts on the environment, while preserving a sustainable and geographically diverse supply of sugar.

Today, biotechnology-enhanced sugar beets provide benefits to sugar growers, while producing sugar that is the same as the sugar from sugar beets and sugar cane improved through conventional methods.

Always read and follow pesticide label directions. Roundup Ready crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides. Roundup agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Roundup Ready Sugarbeets and any product of a Roundup Ready Sugarbeets seed or crop can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Roundup and Roundup Ready are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.

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