Skip to comments.Big Sugar's Sweet Deal Leaves a Bitter Economic Aftertaste [Such Sweet Sorrow]
Posted on 03/31/2011 9:09:17 AM PDT by 92nina
...If on any given day you find yourself walking through the hallowed halls of ATR, you will find the staff pining away for the sweet taste of Mexican Coca-Cola or any other bottle of Coke not produced in the U.S. and thus not tainted with sticky un-refreshing taste of corn syrup. The reason for the difference lies in the U.S. Governments efforts to keep sugar prices artificially high by restricting the amount of sugar that can be imported to the U.S. This result is the price of sugar in the U.S. being one-half to two-thirds higher than in other countries and thus too expensive to use in domestically produced Coke products.
This policy is not only bad for American taste buds, but also American consumers. As stated in a letter sent by ATR in support of Lugars legislation, the program has worked to the advantage of a few farmers (the largest 1% of growers claimed 42% of the programs benefits) and to the expense of the rest (the General Accounting Office estimated that the program cost sugar consumers a grand total of $2 billion annually at the point of purchase).
Additionally, the U.S. International Trade Administration estimates that for every job held up by the program, three jobs are lost as manufacturers in the confectioner industry move their facilities to countries such as Canada and Mexico where sugar is cheaper...
Read more: http://www.atr.org/big-sugars-sweet-deal-leaves-bitter-a6002#ixzz1IByP68dg
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Geez... what don’t we subsidize?
I still recall fondly the first time I had ever enjoyed a Coca-Cola that was manufactured outside the USA and was sold in a glass bottle. Best Coca-Cola I ever had!
I buy mexican coke and dr. pepper made in Dublin, Texas with real sugar.
Bad news for the Fanjuls. They must have failed to suck up adequately to Lugar. But no harm done, they have already reaped billions courtesy of the American taxpayer.
Not sure about everywhere, but, local to me you can buy the “Mexican Cokes” at Sam’s in Glass Bottles.
I am a Diet Coke person myself, but, the regular Cokes do have there charm.
The best refresher is a big Mason jar with some iced or at least cold, tea. I don’t even care if it is sweetened or not as long as it is strong.
The best refresher is a big Mason jar with...some good homemade, backwoods moonshine, not run through a radiator. WHOOOOOEEEE>
Corn growers have things going their way with subsidized ethanol and corn syrup priced below sugar because of the government imposed short supply of sugar. Tacos anyone?
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