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July 29, 2010

Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Sugar Tariffs

by TomStrong

I wanted to link over to a recent article I wrote at the blog Voice of the Migrant, where I talk about the distinguishable products and services that America’s Hispanic immigrants bring to our society:

In a New Yorker article from 2006, James Surowiecki explores how sugar producers in the United States lobbying for “special favors” has resulted in the blocking out of competition and the subsequent degeneration of sugar-laden products:

But American sugar producers aren’t satisfied with supplying the most sweet-hungry population in the world. They’ve relentlessly sought—and received—special favors from the federal government, turning the industry into one of the most cosseted in America today. The government guarantees producers a fixed price for domestic sugar and sets strict quotas and tariffs for foreign sugar. Economically speaking, this has many obvious bad results. It keeps sugar prices in the U.S. at least twice as high as the world average. It makes it harder for companies that use lots of sugar to do business here—in the past decade, an exodus of candy manufacturers from the U.S. has eliminated thousands of jobs. And import restrictions make Third World countries poorer than they’d otherwise be.

The artificially high price of sugar has resulted in the adoption of high fructose corn syrup as a replacement. High fructose corn syrup is rife with many dangers which are not in cane sugar, including high levels of mercury:

In my previous blogs I discuss the findings that there is mercury in a percentage of the hfcs that inhabits so many of our foods and drinks. This is caused from the mercury grade caustic soda that is used in the processing, leaching mercury into the finished product.

Since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup in the 1970s, obesity rates in the United States have skyrocketed dramatically. Sugar cane, which is used in Coca-Cola and Pepsi in Mexico and in high-end American sodas such as Jone’s Soda, contains several naturally occurring health benefits.

Magnesium, calcium and riboflavin can all be found within cane sugar. While soda is not meant to be a “healthy” beverage, ingestion of a naturally sweetened carbonated concoction is nevertheless a much better route to go than the watered down corn syrup that is found in American drug stores.

Apart from Jones and other high end sodas, one of the best places to get cane sugar sodas is at your local taco truck. Fortunately for Californians especially, these amazing testaments to the entrepreneurial spirit can be found throughout working class neighborhoods. At the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, there are two taco trucks nearby, with vendors recently opening up in the small shopping center next to the station.

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5 Comments

  1. Dude…. Mike…

    I am sorry to hijack this thread, *but I thought you specifically would get a total kick out of the info here:

    http://dailypaul.com/node/141281

    Comment by Procopius — July 30, 2010 @ 3:02 pm
  2. Whoa.

    Thanks for posting that. =D

    Comment by Michael O. Powell — July 30, 2010 @ 8:00 pm
  3. That picture of Howard Zinn in the Daily Beast photo looks like he is playing a role in a Ray Bradbury novel.

    Comment by Michael O. Powell — July 30, 2010 @ 8:01 pm
  4. There’s more mercury in clean drinking water than they could even detect in high fructose corn syrup in the study you reference. This fear-mongering surrounding high fructose corn syrup is unhelpful as it is indistinguishable to the human body from refined sugar. And your micronutrients argument is just empty.

    Comment by Consumer Freedom — August 3, 2010 @ 11:09 am
  5. “Consumer Freedom” -

    Chill out a little bit. This article was in no way a call for a ban on high fructose corn syrup. It was a nuanced argument about how tariffs on sugar have resulted in the watering down of soda.

    Comment by Michael — August 3, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

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