"Why Sugar Beet Farmers Are All in on GMOs,” a Marketplace article, explores the use of GMO sugar beet seeds. Nearly a decade ago, nearly all U.S. sugar beet producers started growing crops that were genetically modified to resist the herbicide Roundup. As consumer sentiment regarding GMO crops tends to be mainly negative, farmers like Duck Younggren of Minnesota are quick to point out the benefits beyond weed control.
“We’re saving fuel, we’re saving trips over the field, wear and tear on our machinery, the fatigue of the person doing it. Not to mention the carbon footprint we used to have, is not there anymore,” he said.