USDA - Sugar Price

Since: Dec 09

New York, NY

#1 Feb 18, 2013
The Department of Agriculture sets the minimum price for the sale of sugar in the United States. Here’s the catch. The minimum price is double that of the world price. So what’s the problem? Just this: every time that you buy an item that contains sugar, you pay an additional cost. Donuts, candy bars, soda, ice cream, peanut butter, cake, ketchup, bread and cereal, all cost more than they should and big sugar producers are robbing us blind. Why? It the Sugar Lobby in action. Pretty shocking, isn’t it?
hugo chavez

Poland, NY

#2 Feb 18, 2013
I think we should pay bankers and IDA Directors a third world salary- the "world price" is based on third world prices. What's wrong with paying American farmers a fair price?

If you're that bothered by it, eat less total sugar. You'll be healthier, anyway.

Since: Dec 09

New York, NY

#3 Feb 18, 2013
hugo chavez wrote:
I think we should pay bankers and IDA Directors a third world salary- the "world price" is based on third world prices. What's wrong with paying American farmers a fair price?
If you're that bothered by it, eat less total sugar. You'll be healthier, anyway.
Thanks for giving me a piece of your mind.

The average wages of a banker on the world market is approximately 38.72% higher than that in the U.S. I Canada it is 68.72%.

I'm no longer a banker or IDA Executive Director. It's OK with me to pay them less.

About 50% of the sugar prices are paid to about 1% of the farmers that are CORPORATE FARMERS. And don't kid yourself, the consumers are getting the raw deal.

I agree the smaller family farmer may need to have set prices. But the large corporate farmers is already making record profits!!!!!

Since: Dec 09

New York, NY

#4 Feb 18, 2013
I'm more worried about the consumer and the small farmer than the large corporate farmer.
nobody

New York, NY

#5 Feb 18, 2013
dont eat sugar tubby . it wont kill you
hugo chavez

Poland, NY

#6 Feb 18, 2013
I can live with our response about farmers, but if you hit the big ones, you hit the small ones, too.
Would you provide a source about your banker salaries? I fnd it hard to believe that a banker in Argentina maks more than on in the U.S. Further, there is a difference between world prices that are set by third world countries and the AVERAGE of world banker salaries- that is not an apples t apples comparison. A few high salaries in a few countries can skew an average.
What bankers are included in the average- smaller local banks or investment banks? But the main point is, an average is not the same as setting the world price.

Since: Dec 09

New York, NY

#7 Feb 18, 2013
The point I'm trying to make; we need a common sense policy to create a more accountable, reliable, and profitable agriculture in the U.S. Our present policy is the disgustingly outdated Agricultural Act of 1949. We need an updated policy that would create an efficient safety net for American agriculture to include the family farmer, not that of the post-World War II-era. This policy needs to have the input of the farmers and not that of the bureaucrats.

To this end, I can respect your opinion, as I hope you can respect mine. I appreciate the value of different opinions.

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