BIG SUGAR AND SUGAR DADDY
August 7, 2011

The argument concerning the Environment in SW Florida centers on the control of the water flow from Lake Okeechobee through the rivers system to the Gulf of Mexico. The solutions proposed, primarily center on opposing views of when and how much water should be released - causing unwanted changes in the salinity of the water near the basins; algae growth; etc. These arguments are compounded by the lack of rain here over the last 10 years. Recently the Lee County Board of Commissioners lined up on each side of the issue of allowing water from wetlands to return to the river and Lake Okeechobee flow. The problem is that these estuaries will flow through farmlands loaded with fertilizers and other elements detrimental to fish, animal, and other wildlife.

Tourism is Florida's largest source of revenue and tourism does little to hurt the environment - except, perhaps for New Yorkers who throw trash on the side of the road. But I digress. Unless we want Florida and especially SW Florida to become Hialeah, we need to keep the tourists happy, and to do that, we need to preserve our natural resources and our pristine beauty that brings tourists here in the first place. 

The solution is not hidden in the peripheral arguments, no matter how hard we dissect each issue. To remedy the problem - pollution caused by farming, we must go to the heart of the matter.  Which brings us into conflict with Agriculture; not coincidentally, Florida's second-largest industry. Lake Okeechobee is surrounded by farmland. The largest polluter is the farming of sugar cane. In the tables below as you can see, American production of sugar cane is insignificant in the world market. Brazil produces so much that it has become almost energy independent by using their sugar cane for bio-fuels, used in producing electricity and powering their automobiles.

A ripe target for reform is the sugar program, which protects sugar growers and inflates domestic sugar to twice the world price. This racket costs U.S. families about $2 billion annually, hitting them whenever they buy chocolates, breakfast cereal, soft drinks, and the like. When the Republicans controlled Congress, they shied away from sugar reform, yielding to the power of the sugar growers' lobby. The Democrats could have shown that they are different. By reforming sugar policies, they could have cut food costs for families and end unfair benefits for a small group of wealthy sugar barons. 

The sugar program is essentially a producer cartel run out of Washington. The Agriculture Department operates a complex loan program to guarantee sugar growers certain prices, which it enforces with import barriers and domestic production controls. The import barriers prevent cheaper foreign sugar from putting downward pressure on domestic prices. Current rules restrict sugar imports to about 15% of the American market. By contrast, when rules were looser prior to the 1980s, sugar imports accounted for half the U.S. market.

In the domestic market, the Agriculture Department decides what total sugar production ought to be and allots 54% of production to beet sugar and 46% to cane sugar. The department then allots each sugar company a specific production quota. According to the Government Accountability Office, 42% of sugar program benefits go to just 1% of sugar growers. High sugar prices harm manufacturers of candies, chocolates, soft drinks, and breakfast cereal. A 2006 study by the Commerce Department found that for each sugar industry job saved by the sugar program, nearly three food manufacturing jobs are lost.

​Numerous companies have relocated to Canada and Mexico, where sugar prices are much lower. Chicago, once the nation's candy manufacturing capital, has lost thousands of jobs. In 2004, candy maker Fannie Farmer closed its Chicago factory and Brachs moved its Chicago candy production to Mexico. Michigan took a hit in 2002, when Kraft moved its 600–worker Life Savers factory to Canada in search of low–cost sugar. Hershey Foods closed plants in Pennsylvania, Colorado and California and relocated them to Canada as well.

The sugar program also causes environmental damage. Large areas of the Florida Everglades have been converted to cane sugar production as a result of sugar protection. That has caused damage from the related land drainage, runoff of chemical fertilizers, and the destruction of natural habitat. With all the negative effects of the sugar program, why does it survive? Because Congress often puts the interests of the favored few ahead of the general public good. In this case, sugar growers are well–organized and they protect the program by providing large campaign support to presidents, governors and many members of Congress. They old Sawyer Mantra - PARTY FIRST.

Distribution Initial FY 2012 allocations.

Citrus is the dominant irrigated crop in the Caloosahatchee Basin, occupying over 91,000 acres. Sugarcane closely follows citrus in acreage with an estimated 75,000 acres of production. Beef cattle production is also important to the region, with Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, and Lee Counties having a combined herd of approximately 205,000 head in 1999.

SAWYER win-win SOLUTION

First, the Teaparty's fair-haired boy (empty suit) Marco Rubio frequently is a houseguest of the two Fanjul Brothers at their sumptuous waterfront mansions on Long Island. So don't bother him with your environmental concerns. Congressman Tom Rooney (Representative of the sugar cane area), State Senator LizBeth Benacquisto, and State Representatives, Matt Caldwell and Dane Eagle are all recipients of campaign payoffs from Big Sugar. Lee County candidate, Paige Kreegel, Congressman Vern Buchanan, and State Senator, Ken Roberson DO NOT take Big Sugar donations.

Eliminate subsidies and import duties on sugarcane. Big sugar will no longer make a profit, and the sugarcane fields will disappear in Florida. The sugar beet industry will thrive in the upper Midwest. Then pass a requirement that farmland within 1,000 feet of any flowing water source will be free of contaminating chemicals - and compensate farmers accordingly.
BIG SUGAR AND SUGAR DADDY

ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND OUR ANNUAL DONATION.THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, MY BOY.


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BIG SUGAR
BIG SUGAR
ECONOMYCOMMENTARY
How US Sugar Policies Just Helped America Lose 600 Jobs
Bryan Riley / @BryanGeneRiley 

The manufacturer of Oreo cookies recently announced plans to move production of Oreos from Chicago to Mexico, resulting in a loss of 600 U.S. jobs.

This should be a wake-up call to defenders of the U.S. sugar program and other job-destroying trade barriers.
The leading ingredient in Oreos is sugar, and U.S. trade barriers currently require Americans to pay twice the average world prices for sugar.

Sugar-using industries now have a big incentive to relocate from the United States to countries where access to their primary ingredient is not restricted. If the government wants people making Oreo cookies and similar products to keep their jobs, a logical starting point would be to eliminate the U.S. sugar program, including barriers to imported sugar.

This obvious connection between the lost jobs and sugar quotas was missed by many observers. According to one online commenter: “This is why tariff[s] on products coming to U.S must be raised.”That’s backwards. When protectionist policies like the U.S. sugar program lead to offshoring, the response shouldn’t be to pass new laws to discourage such offshoring or to raise tariffs even higher. The response should be to eliminate government policies that encourage offshoring in the first place.

The loss of Oreo cookie jobs should reinforce a lesson on the job-destroying aspect of protectionist trade policies.According to a 2006 report from the government’s International Trade Administration: “Chicago, one of the largest U.S. cities for confectionery manufacturing, has lost nearly one-third of its SCP manufacturing jobs over the last 13 years. These losses are attributed, in part, to high U.S. sugar prices.”

That lesson appears to be lost on unions that are supposed to represent the workers losing their jobs in Chicago.

THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN TOM ROONEY FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US. THEY'RE ONLY BEACHES AFTER ALL
(Sugar Growers of America)
SUGARCANE

Sugarcane is the world's largest crop

Brazil, India, China, Thailand, Pakistan and Mexico.

Most sugarcane production is in Florida and Louisiana.

Top ten sugarcane producers — 2009 Country Production
(Tons) 

Brazil 672,157,000 (They have so much they use a lot for ethanol
India 285,029,000 
People's Republic of China 116,251,272 
Thailand 66,816,400 
Pakistan 50,045,400 
Mexico 49,492,700 
Colombia 38,500,000 F 
Philippines 32,500,000 F 
Australia 30,284,000 
Argentina 29,000,000  

World 1,743,068,525

SUGAR BEETS

France, the United States, Germany, Russia and Turkey were the world's five largest sugar beet producers, accounting for 20 percent of the world's sugar production.

Most sugar beet production is in Minnesota, Idaho, North Dakota, Michigan and California

Top Ten Sugar Beet Producers - 2009
(million metric tons) 
France 35.2 
United States 27 
Germany 25.9 
Russia 24.9 
Turkey 17.2 
Poland 10.8 
Ukraine 10.1 
United Kingdom 8.5 
China 7.5 
Netherlands 5.7 

World Total 228.2

Beet Sugar 5,139,472 

Cane Sugar 4,316,778 

Total 9,456,250 

Beet Processors' Marketing Allocations: 

Amalgamated Sugar Co. 1,100,400 
American Crystal Sugar Co. 1,889,666 
Michigan Sugar Co. 530,782 
Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op 356,931 
So. Minn Beet Sugar Co-op. 693,665 
Western Sugar Co. 524,994 
Wyoming Sugar Growers, LLC 43,034 

Total Beet Sugar 5,139,472 
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State Cane Sugar Allotments: 

Florida 2,148,906 
Louisiana 1,662,420 
Texas 186,808 
Hawaii 318,664 

Total Cane Sugar 4,316,778 
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Cane Processors' Marketing Allocations: 

Florida: 
Florida Crystals 884,761 
Growers Co-op of Florida 386,557 
U.S. Sugar Corp 877,588 
Total Florida 2,148,906 

Louisiana: 

Louisiana Sugar Cane Products, Inc. 1,154,105 
M.A. Patout & Sons 508,315 
Total Louisiana 1,662,420 
Texas: Rio Grande Valley 186,808 
Hawaii: Gay &Robinson, Inc. 73,145
Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company 245,499 
Total Hawaii 318,644




THIS GUY'S ABOUT AS USEFUL AS MUDFLAPS ON A TURTLE
TOM ROONEY'S DONORS​

Defense Contractors give us $12,000 toilet seat.

Lobbyists/Lawyers give us - what? The Shaft ?

Big Sugar gives us Dead fish on Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, Ft. Myers, Sanibel, Boca Grande beaches; polluted waters; loss of Sports Fishing and shrimping industry.

Big Banking gives us bad loans and "fast-track" legislation that throws us out of out homes without any legal defense whatsoever. While crooked Bankers go scott-free.

Big Tobacco give us Cancer.

Is this representing the People, Tom Rooney ???

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

SUN-HERALD NEWSPAPERS
TOURISM


83% of those who visit Florida go to SW and SE Florida Beaches.

Direct spending and indirect spending from tourism in SW Florida beaches - $13 B - $39 B overall - beaches - $31 B in SW and SE Beach area, affected by Lake Okeechobee 

177,000 in SW Florida. - 536,000 in Florida; 430,000 in SW and SE.


GOVERNOR SCOTT JUST ACCEPTED A $100,000  BRIBE FROM BIG SUGAR FOR HIS FUTURE RUN FOR THE U. S. SENATE. -  I SUGGEST WE FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO RUN FOR THAT SEAT