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Friday, December 08, 2006

Pour Some Sugar on Me

It might make great song lyrics, but its not good trade policy.

Sugar fell for a second day in London after the European Union, world's second-biggest sugar exporter, said it would export some of its excess stock and funds began selling in both London and New York.
The price goes down and farmers in poor countries suffer as a result. But that's the market right? Wrong. Each year, EU consumers and taxpayers foot a bill of €1.6bn to subsidise the over production of sugar.
Europe exports sugar at prices around 50 to 65 per cent less than the high prices guaranteed under the CAP - far below European costs of production.
So first they screw us and then the screw the poor. But don't worry its all in a good cause.
The aim of the common agricultural policy is to provide farmers with a reasonable standard of living, consumers with quality food at fair prices and to preserve our rural heritage.
So thats all right then.


James Higham said...

Being connected with trade, CAP does not directly affect us [oil and gas are the biggies]; nevertheless the CAP mentality permeates Europe and enters all other discussions - something for nothing and a say in the supply. The solution is not to tame the blind EU beast but to kill it.

Anonymous said...

Oh Nick, you really do need to go back to school.

AntiCitizenOne said...

Anoneumouse said...

And what they don't sell, they ship free of charge (aid) to fuel the Palestinian Qassam Rocket project.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gary Elsby,

Glad to see that you are back to or maybe never left the Road to Euro Serfdom because you got bored by the old socialist mantra and wanted to continue your economic education.

Anonymous said...

James Higham,

"CAP does not directly affect us"

No? I thought that we are paying with our taxes for CAP, don't we?

James Higham said...

Colin, us means the fSU in my case.

Mitch said...

It is a disgrace that the US puts tariffs on sugar imports and subsidizes sugar cane farming in Florida. This trashes the Everglades and makes us pay way too much for our Coca-Cola, without which life as we know it would cease to exist on this continent.

That said, sugar beets are an amazingly inefficient way of producing sugar. Remove the subsidies and the species would become extinct. The EU is the second-largest exporter of sugar (link) despite being the highest-cost producer. This is almost as bad as if Saudi Arabia were the world's largest importer of crude oil and exporter of ice.

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