General Mills says U.S. might run out of sugar

General Mills says the United States might “virtually run out of sugar” if the Obama administration doesn’t loosen tariffs on imported sugar, Reuters reports.

The Golden Valley company is one of several large food-makers that signed a letter last week to U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack urging sugar trade reform. The Wall Street Journal explains that current policy artificially inflates the price of U.S. and Mexican sugar by charging tariffs on imports from other countries.

The food companies, which included Kraft and Hershey, are threatening to increase prices and layoff workers if the government doesn’t allow cheaper imported sugar.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Jill Trescott on 08/13/2009 - 12:38 pm.

    Desperate Americans may be forced to resort to eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

  2. Submitted by Barb Brynstad on 08/13/2009 - 04:06 pm.

    My 9 year-old won’t be happy, but I will.

  3. Submitted by Jonathan Ditlevson on 08/14/2009 - 03:36 pm.

    Or they’ll be forced to drink juice and eat food made with high-fructose corn syrup in it instead of real, natural sugar.

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