Sugar farmers express concern over HFCS

A GROUP of sugar farmers in Negros Occidental has expressed concern over the continued sale of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Roberto Cuenca, president of Asociacion de Agricultores de La Carlota Y Pontevedra Inc., in a letter to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. dated January 3, said the distribution of softdrinks and beverages containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is suspected to contain GMOs, is dangerous to the health of the Negrenses.

He also said it poses a “very serious threat” to the sustainability of the province’s sugar industry.

Cuenca noted that beverage companies use HFCS as a substitute for sugar in their products.

“This process replaces the demand for the domestically produced sugar. In effect, locally produced sugar is rejected in lieu of this artificial sweetener,” he said.

Cuenca added that it will affect the demand for domestic sugar.

However, he remained optimistic due to the strong enforcement of the provincial ordinance banning GMOs in Negros Occidental.

He said that their group is ready to provide any assistance to the provincial government in its campaign for a GMO-free Negros. (MPE)
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