For too long the sugar lobby has protected sugar subsidies by running a campaign of distortion based on misleading claims. Contrary to the lobbyists’ propaganda, the wasteful U.S. sugar program costs American consumers and businesses $3.5 billion each year and puts in jeopardy about 600,000 jobs in sugar-using industries.
The sugar program may be a sweet deal for wealthy sugar companies, but not for American consumers and businesses.
The following are are the top five myths about the sugar program. Unwrap the facts for yourself below.
1. MYTH: The sugar program helps sustain 142,000 American jobs and reform efforts threaten those jobs.
2. MYTH: The European Union “reformed” its sugar policy and now faces a dire shortage of sugar and high prices, so we shouldn’t repeat their mistakes in reforming U.S. sugar policy.
FACT: The mistake of the European reform was leaving tariffs and quotas in place similar to current U.S. sugar policy. Tariffs and import and domestic production quotas can lead to record high prices and tight supplies.
The European Commission Deputy Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development agrees that quotas are bad too, saying: “For us it’s important that the quotas end because they are very rigid. We believe they are a thing of the past, and it doesn’t make sense that sugar will be the only market left with quotas in the EU.”
We agree with U.S. sugar producers’ assertions that U.S. policymakers shouldn’t repeat Europe’s mistakes.
Europe plans to move away from its mistaken sugar policy. We should too.
3. MYTH: The sugar program operates at “no cost” to consumers and taxpayers and has since 2002.
4. MYTH: Sugar reform will only help big candy companies.
5. MYTH: U.S. sugar prices are falling and surpluses are looming.
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Following are recent e-newsletters that will help you unwrap the facts about the U.S. sugar program and the need for reform. Click on the links to download and print a PDF version of each e-newsletter.
- Sugar Reform: A “Big Candy” Issue? Check Your Grocery List.
- Don’t Be Fooled by the Sugar Lobby’s Absurd Claims
- Sugar Lobby: So Many Ads, So Few Facts
- Sugar Lobby and Its Allies Continue to Distort the Facts
- Current Sugar Program Helps Our Global Competitors, While American Consumers and Businesses Pay the Price
- Sugar Lobby Continues to Mislead with EU Comparisons
- U.S. Sugar Program Creates Instability, Could Leave Consumers Paying Millions More if Reforms Are Not Enacted
- The Sugar Program Is Working? Working for Whom?
- Sugar Reform Will Benefit All American Consumers and Businesses That Use Sugar
- Sugar Subsidies Artificially Inflate U.S. Sugar Prices, Impose Costly Hidden Tax on Consumers and Businesses
- Before Pointing the Finger at Other Sugar-Producing Countries, Let’s Reform Our Own Market-Distorting Policies
- Sugar Reform Means Independence from Costly Restrictions, Not Dependence on Sugar Imports
- Sugar Lobby’s Fuzzy Math on Jobs Numbers
- With Misleading ‘Surplus’ and Price Claims, Sugar Lobby Stays True to Its Campaign of Distortion
- The Farm Bill, as Drafted, Does Not Help Small Businesses That Use Sugar
- A ‘No Cost’ Program?: Not So Fast, Sugar Lobby
- ‘Unwrap the Facts’ Takes On Sugar Lobby’s Campaign of Distortion
- Big Sugar Is at It Again – Distorting the Facts to Protect Subsidies
- EU and U.S. Sugar Reform Efforts Do Not Compare
- Sugar Lobby Continues Campaign of Distortion, Misrepresenting the Facts
- Sugar Reform Will NOT Make America Reliant on Foreign Imports or Jeopardize the Domestic Sugar Industry
- U.S. Sugar Lobby Continues to Distort the Findings of a Department of Commerce Study
- The U.S. Sugar Program Needs Reform Now
- U.S. Sugar Prices Have Increased Significantly Since 2008, Despite Sugar Lobby’s False Claims
- U.S. Sugar is NOT ‘More Affordable than World Average’