Stop Big Sugar's Attempts to Line Their Pockets at Our Expense!

Current U.S. sugar policy is directly responsible for the loss of thousands of U.S. jobs. It artificially inflates refined sugar prices, places U.S. manufacturers of food at a tremendous disadvantage in the world market, hurts our economy and costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Since 1934, the U.S. government has provided billions of dollars in subsidies to a few wealthy sugar companies. These policies continue today at the expense of more than 600,000 U.S. jobs in food.

Recently, Big Sugar attempted to use Congress to extend these subsidies in secret, instead of through a public, open forum to draft Farm Bill legislation early next year. These backhanded tactics have to stop.

Act now to stop another bailout for Big Sugar! Urge your representatives and members of the Congressional Super Committee to reject U.S. sugar subsidies which force Americans to pay twice as much for sugar as that sold on the world market.
Dear [Representative],

I am writing to ask you to stop the antiquated subsidies that have propped up Big Sugar at the expense of millions of Americans for far too long. Current U.S. sugar policy is directly responsible for the loss of thousands of U.S. food manufacturing jobs and costs American refiners, manufacturers and consumers more than $4 billion each year.

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Since 1934, the current sugar program has instituted virtual price guarantees for U.S. sugar producers. The result is that U.S. sugar prices are two to three times higher than the world market price.

What's worse is the impact on American jobs and our economy. The current system hurts U.S. manufacturers of any food product containing sugar: cereal, baked goods, and more, which can't compete with foreign competitors who are able to purchase sugar at significantly less expense. This places U.S. companies at a tremendous disadvantage, costing us more than 112,000 jobs from 1997-2009 in sugar-using industries along, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The federal sugar program benefits a small number of sugar companies, which are propped up at the expense of thousands of lost food manufacturing jobs in the U.S. In contrast, there are more than 600,000 U.S. jobs in food industries that use sugar -- 30 times more jobs as sugar production and professing. Many of these same U.S. sugar producers also receive additional federal support for other crops they produce.

Big Sugar has argued that these sugar subsidies are necessary for their industry. But for every sugar-growing job in the U.S. saved through artificially high sugar prices, approximately three American manufacturing jobs are lost. According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, removing restrictions on imports of sugar would result in the U.S. economy seeing an increase of $514 million.

It's time to end the Big Sugar bailout! Please support any legislation that puts an end to current U.S. sugar subsidies, and urge your colleagues on the Congressional Super Committee not to allow a backdoor attempt to extend this anti-free market program.

Thank you for your time and for considering my request. I look forward to hearing from you.
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