Energy beets are a developing non-food crop that can be an economical source of sugars for biofuel and chemical production. Research at North Dakota State University found that fermentable sugars stored as raw, thick juice have a carbon footprint that is about 30 percent and 50 percent lower than beet and corn grain, respectively. Beet ethanol could enable a GHG reduction of up to 57 percent, qualifying as an advanced biofuel.
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