In a blog post today, the National Confectioners Association (NCA), whose President – Larry Graham – chairs the Coalition for Sugar Reform unwrapped the facts on the sugar lobby’s “zero-for-zero” sugar policy proposal:
“… The ‘zero-for-zero’ policy targets other countries’ sugar subsidies. The idea of meddling in the affairs of other countries before dealing with our own market-distorting subsidies is deeply misguided and also disingenuous. The zero-to-zero proposal has been widely criticized this week from sources like the Cato Institute, adjunct fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute Fran Smith, and the Club for Growth.
“Sugar producers are the sole beneficiaries of sugar subsidies here in the United States – subsidies that are currently forcing the federal government to spend $51 million in taxpayer dollars to prop up U.S. sugar prices and costing American consumers and businesses up to $3.5 billion a year. Before we go demanding that other countries reform their sugar policies, it’s time for Congress and the sugar growers to get our own house in order first.
“We continue to urge Congress – as part of the farm bill process or otherwise – to take action this year to reform the costly U.S. sugar program – the only subsidy program that the House-passed farm bill made permanent without a single reform. And to state again what Larry said numerous times in his presentation at the Symposium, we are advocating reform of the sugar program, not repeal. If enacted, the modest reforms that have been proposed in the House and Senate on a bipartisan basis, will ensure that the sugar program works for all stakeholders, including American consumers, taxpayers and businesses.”
Read the full blog post here.