International Sugar Journal

Sugar beet, a sustainability factor of arable crop systems in northern France [Full subscriber]

Sugar beet growing is facing several challenges at global level: the need to produce enough food to meet the growing world population and satisfy new non-food uses, to reduce environmental impacts and to take into account climate change. Sugar beet yield made significant progress between 1980 and 2010 and the competitiveness of the crop increased. During the same period, a downward trend in the price of sugar beet was observed in France. In terms of the environment, the energy balance of sugar beet is favourable: it produces an energy potential over 16 times higher than the energy used in cultivation…

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