In the U.S., refined sugar primarily comes from two crops – sugar beets and sugar cane. The domestic sugar beet industry brings in billions of dollars every year to the U.S. economy and is a vital part of Colorado agriculture. But how sugar beets are grown in one part of Colorado is currently in debate. KRCC’s Ellen Mahoney reports on the issue currently facing Boulder County commissioners.

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2 Responses to The Great Sugar Beet Controversy

  1. Susan Cummings says:

    This is a well-rounded presentation on both sides of the issue. It is thought provoking and challenges the thought: is the risk to the environment worth the value of the product. Well done!

  2. […] here to reference the original story on the sugar beet […]

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