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Can you hear the beet?  [Full subscriber]

Today about three-quarters of the world’s sugar is supplied from cane which is grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions; one-quarter is supplied from beet grown in more temperate climates. The beet sugar industry was developed in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Table 1 gives a brief summary of this development.  Franz Carl Achard, of Silesia (near Poland, with small areas in the Czech Rep. and in Germany), is recognised as the “father” of the beet sugar industry (Draycott, 2006). Sugar is traded as both raw (40%) and refined (60%)1. Table 2 gives the 10 largest producers of cane…

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