Business: Bitter Battle Over Sweetness

Socking it to the consumer

Why on earth would Congress at a time when food prices are soaring rush to raise artificially the price of a basic supermarket staple? Yet that is just what is happening to sugar. Moreover, the congressional effort is designed to bail out far fewer than one-half of 1% of the nation's farmers, specifically 11,000 sugar-beet growers and 1,800 raisers of sugar cane.

These entrepreneurs are already supported by an amendment to last year's farm bill, which was designed to raise U.S. prices of sugar to 13.5ยข...

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