Sugar lobby is not the same as the corn lobby

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 - 3:02 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Re "Shoppers will pay for sugar industry's sweet deal in House" (Viewpoints, Feb. 4): Bruce Maiman's op-ed about U.S. sugar program, exposing the sugar industry's aggressive political lobbying and campaign contributions, implies that America's corn refiners, who produce high fructose corn syrup and other ingredients from corn, lobby for sugar price supports. They do not.

The sugar industry has used its government-sponsored largess to wage attack campaigns against other sweeteners including Splenda and high fructose corn syrup to fund a group called Citizens for Health to confuse consumers, and to promote science their own scientists know to be flawed.

Please don't suggest that we are in league with the sugar industry.

-- John W. Bode, president of Corn Refiners Association, Washington, D.C.

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