In 2001, Hershey’s, M&M Mars, and American Crystal Sugar told consumers they would not use genetically engineered sugar. But now that sugar beets are close to being planted commercially, you have made no such assurances. As a customer, I am very disappointed.
As someone who actively avoids genetically engineered ingredients due to the threats they pose to human health, family farmers and the environment, I have always looked to sugar as one of the few ingredients I could count on to be GE-free, unlike corn syrups and some other sweeteners. Without labeling of GE products, I have to rely on companies that have publicly stated that they will avoid GE ingredients in order to make my purchasing decisions.
I will not buy products that include sugar that may be genetically engineered.
For this Valentine’s Day, show me the love by continuing the opposition you voiced in 2001, and do not accept genetically engineered beet sugar for your products.