current sugar policy in the United States a system of price supports
and import restrictions cannot be justified on economic or humanitarian
grounds. Using a combination of preferential loan agreements and a protectionist
quota/tariff regime, the U.S. maintains an artificially high price for sugar
-- a price that can be as high as twice the world market price. The cost of
this price support and tariff regime includes lost jobs in sugar-related industries,
lost export potential, higher food prices for U.S. consumers, and taxes that
fund the subsidization of the growers themselves. In addition, the U.S. sugar
program causes environmental damage, particularly in Florida, and blights economic
opportunities for many small farmers in developing countries.
This wasteful price support program has remained in place for too long thanks
to the lobbying efforts of the powerful U.S. sugar industry. Non-profit organizations
from across the political spectrum are now calling on President George W. Bush
and Members of Congress to end this wasteful price support program immediately.
Click here to read
the Open Letter to President Bush and the U.S. Congress.
For more information on the harmful effects of the U.S. sugar policies, click
on the links to the left.