white powder

26 08 2009

An interesting article on the F’d up state of sugar in this country. Excerpt:

Even though it amounts to only 1 percent of agricultural production, U.S. sugar is the single most heavily protected agricultural commodity. No matter what the price on the world market, U.S. sugar producers and processors get paid a high price.  Historically, this price has been two to three times higher than world market prices. Although this costs American consumers $2 billion to $3 billion a year in higher sugar prices, nobody much notices because it “only” amounts to about $10 per year per person over and above what you would pay for sugar anyway.