TCPalm: Anti-farm forces seek to upend successful sugar policy

When pursuing a college degree, there was never a question about what I would be studying. Four generations of Perrys have farmed the Glades before me. I’ll be the first of the fifth generation when I return with a degree in agriculture after graduating from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in May.

Like my father and the three generations before him, I plan to work on our farm and continue contributing to our domestic food supply for American families.

My plans following college could drastically change should anti-American farming forces in Washington prevail. Led by Big Candy and confectioner companies and armed with a host of misinformation and misleading statistics, these groups are seeking to upend decades of our country’s longstanding and successful sugar policy.

They support what basically amounts to pro-Mexican sugar policy that will cost American families in sugarcane farming dearly.

The price of sugar today is lower than it was before I was born in the 1980s. Yet the price of farming has increased dramatically with fuel, labor and crop-input costs soaring. Think about it: When was the last time anyone really worried about the price of sugar Have you ever paid for extra sugar for your coffee at a restaurant or coffee shop? You haven’t — because sugar remains as inexpensive an ingredient today as it’s been for decades.

It’s hardly surprising that large sugar-using companies are trying to manipulate consumers into changing farm policy to better suit global food manufacturing interests so they can get cheaper foreign ingredients and make more profits. What is surprising is that anyone with half an ounce of common sense would believe these big food companies are looking out for the consumer.

Read the full op-ed on TCPalm.