Bonsucro Standard Benefits Global Sugar Cane Sector

New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides a first-ever global assessment of the ways in which sustainability standards led by non-profit, private and public organizations and driven by consumer and buyer demand—and voluntarily adopted by agricultural producers—can contribute to extensive environmental benefits, from reduced . .greenhouse gas emissions to decreased water use. The peer-reviewed study modeled the impacts of adopting the Bonsucro Standard across the sugarcane sector and found huge potential for environmental benefits, including how universal adoption would dramatically increase production yields in parts of the world, while reducing total

Glyphosate Part I: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide, has dominated headlines over the last year due to the thousands of lawsuits brought by consumers who claim that the chemical causes cancer. As glyphosate is used in almost all of the sugar beets grown in the US, the concern over the presence of glyphosate in the US sugar supply is taking center stage. Sugaright wants to help our customers manage this risk by increasing your understanding of a dynamic and complex topic AND by offering a glyphosate-free option for your liquid sugar purchases. What is Glyphosate? Glyphosate (Roundup) is one of the world’s most widely used broad-spectrum herbicides, accounting for roughly 25 percent of the wo

U.S. Commerce Department Sued by CSC Sugar

Allegations of Off The Record Communications Should Scuttle U.S.-Mexico Sugar Agreement New Canaan, CT. – (January 23, 2019) – CSC Sugar LLC has filed a brief in the U.S Court of International Trade in New York arguing that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s failure to keep and make public records of meetings with outside parties, as required by law, in the negotiations of a U.S.-Mexican trade pact on sugar should void the entire agreement. The 30-page brief refers to meetings, phone calls, and other off-the-record, or ex parte, communications that occurred with Secretary Wilbur Ross and other senior Commerce Department officials over a period beginning in June 2016 and continuing through Jun

GMO Labeling: Final Ruling

The USDA issued its final rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) last month and it is a win for producers of GMO crops in the USA and a loss for consumers who had hoped the labeling laws would promote transparency rather than create more confusion about what is in our food and how it is grown. “For refined foods that are derived from bioengineered crops, no disclosure is required if the food does not contain detectable modified genetic material,” according to the advance Federal Register notice. As such, refined beet sugar, soybean oil and corn sweeteners, all mostly from bioengineered seed, would not need to be labeled as a bioengineered ingredient under the ne

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