Economic Botany

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 201–206 | Cite as

Sugarbeet culture and mormon economic development in the Intermountain West

  • Robert A. Burton
  • Paul Alan Cox
Article

Abstract

Beta vulgaris L. played an important economic role in Mormon settlements from 1852 to 1979. The introduction of the sugarbeet from Europe supplied not only a source of sugar and income, but also a sense of dignity and independence to early Mormon pioneers seeking refuge from intense religious persecution. As the major cash crop in early Mormon settlements, cultivation of sugarbeet directly provided security for farmers, and indirectly the economic foundation for workers in many other areas. However, in the last three decades, changes in world and U.S. sugar prices have rendered sugarbeet cultivation in some areas of the Intermountain West economically untenable, and the crop has been commercially abandoned.

Key Words

Beta vulgaris Chenopodiaccae Mormon Utah agricultural history sugar Latter-Day Saints. 

La cultivatión de la remolacha y el desarrollo económico de los mormones en la Intermountain West

Résumé

Beta vulgaris L. jugó un papel económico de suma importancia en Utah entre 1852 a 1979. La introductión de la remolacha de Europa trajó consigo no solamente una fuente de azucar e ingresso, pero tambien un sentimiento entre la gente de dignindad e independencia a los pioneros Mormones buscando refugio de la persecutión religiosa. Como la cosecha de mayor importancia entre las comunidades Mormones, la cultivation de la remolacha podía proveer directamente por la seguridad de los granjeros, e indirectamente la fundatión economico por trabajadores en muchas otras areas. Sin embargo, durante las ultimas tres décadas, por causa de cambios en los precios de azucar mundial y en Los Estados Unidos ha hecho la cultivatión de la remolacha en algunas areas del Intermountain West impossible economicamente, v la cosecha de tal ha sido abandonado.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Burton
    • 1
  • Paul Alan Cox
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Botany and Range Science401 WIDB Brigham Young UniversityProvo

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