Half of the sugar produced in the United States is derived from sugar beet, a yellowish-white root crop related to red table beets and chard1. Sugar beets are generally grown in cooler, temperate climates. On average, sugar beets have a higher sugar content (16%) than sugar cane (13%), though growing conditions can affect the sugar content of both crops2. Much like other commodity crops, the pulp left over from refining sugar beets is often used in animal feed.
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