Ten years ago, Cuban sugar production brought in nearly a billion dollars. Last year, the value of the rush was less than $400 million and projections for this season put the number at closer to $200 million.
In light of the dramatic plunge in revenue, scientists at the Havana-based Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology want to put more in every bite. The Center hopes to engineer sugarcane that is higher in fructose which is not only sweeter but less fattening.
Even after all the Cuban biotech permitting has been completed it will be several years before the G-M-O super-cane will have to face its next hurdle of worldwide acceptance.