ACTION ALERT by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network:
Take Action Against GM Sugar!
April 2009: Rogers Sugar/Lantic chose to bow to Monsanto and
accept GM sugar beet – despite over 4000 emails, letters and cards from
consumers asking them to stay GM-Free. Lantic Inc. is the only company
in Canada that processes sugar beet. You may recognize the packaging
from Rogers/Lantic – you may have some of their sugar in your kitchen cupboard.
Instead you can buy:
- Organic Sugar from other companies (Lantic has its own brand of organic sugar)
- Cane Sugar and products with cane sugar ingredients (cane sugar has
not yet been genetically modified – though Monsanto plans to do this)
- Redpath Sugar (all Redpath products use only cane sugar)
- Other sweeteners like: Honey, Maple Syrup, Molasses
4) Contact your local bakery and chocolate company and ask them to stop buying Lantic sugar.
This sugar beet is genetically engineered to be resistant to Monsanto‘s
herbicide Roundup and is currently applied to sugar beet used for
processing into sugar – as opposed to red table beets. GM sugar beets
are wind pollinated, and there is a strong possibility that pollen from
GM sugar beets could contaminate non-GM sugar beets as well as chard,
and red and yellow beets (or “table beets”). Read the concerns in CBAN’s letter to Lantic Inc.