In a letter sent yesterday to new Members of Congress, 22 major business, consumer and environmental organizations called for reform of the current U.S. sugar program this year.
Noting the estimated $3.5 billion annual cost to consumers, the members of the Coalition for Sugar Reform wrote:
“The federal government has no business imposing such extraordinary costs on everyone except the sugar growers and processors. The sugar industry is able to reap record profits when domestic sugar supplies are tight because of government restrictions, and yet pass on the cost of the sugar program to taxpayers when surplus sugar burdens the market. …
“In fact, the sugar reform that is likely to be considered by Congress this year will merely restore sugar policies that growers supported and that were contained in the 2002 farm bill.”
Read the full letter here.