sugar beet


Definition of sugar beet 

: a white-rooted beet grown for the sugar in its roots

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At the most basic level, that’s energy — so sugar that can be from sugar beets or cane or whatever makes sense for the local environment. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 These range from sugar beets (100-percent GMO) to squash and papaya, where GMO options are available but not widely deployed. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "USDA wants public comments on its plan to label GMO foods," 9 May 2018 Only a handful of GM crops are available on the market, though some - such as corn and sugar beets - show up in a huge variety of food products. Caitlin Dewey,, "Mandatory GMO labels are coming to your food," 4 May 2018 Orange orchards and sugar beets from Santa Ana area to Costa Mesa. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: Green card in wallet, he's facing deportation," 29 June 2018 As part of the federal safety net for farmers, the government also provides guaranteed loans for those who process sugar beets and sugar cane. Kristina Peterson And Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Conservatives See Farm Bill’s Sugar Program as Too Sweet," 16 May 2018 Best Beet Varieties Supersweet + White: Albina Vereduna, a close cousin of the sugar beet, contains twice as much sugar as red beets. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How (And Why) To Grow And Eat More Beets," 18 Apr. 2017 For example, the sugar beets that are fully genetically modified are generally used to produce sugar materials with nothing resembling plant in them. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "USDA wants public comments on its plan to label GMO foods," 9 May 2018 On a windy morning at a track near Paris this month, Audi AG started testing gasoline blended with 34 percent of a biofuel produced from sugar beet waste in one of its classic A4 sedans., "Your Regular Audi Could Run on Straw Soon," 17 Apr. 2018

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1817, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sugar beet

: a white beet that is grown for the sugar in its root

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Kids Definition of sugar beet

: a large beet with white roots that is grown as a source of sugar

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