U.S. sugar policy is sound

02/04/2014 11:02 AM

02/04/2014 11:47 AM

Re "Shoppers will pay for sugar industry's sweet deal in House" (Viewpoints, Feb. 4): Some folks are never happy. They criticize Congress for doing nothing. Then they criticize Congress for passing legislation.

Op-ed writer Bruce Maiman is an example. Instead of congratulating Congress for passing the farm bill, he chose to criticize one small component of that bill: sugar.

He omitted these important facts: Sugar is the cheapest commodity policy because sugar farmers don't get subsidy checks; Sugar prices recently plummeted 50 percent and are as low today as in the 1980s; Candy makers have seen record profits and expanded U.S. production since current sugar policy took hold in 2008.

Congress held five sugar policy votes during the farm bill debate and each showed bipartisan support of U.S. sugar producers. It is an example of Congress coming together, and it should be cause for celebration not criticism.

-- Jack Roney, American Sugar Alliance, Arlington, Virg.

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