8/18/2009

Although Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack has warned of a possible sugar shortage, the fuss over the nation's sugar supply has more to do with price than availability, writes Juliet Lapidos. Even though Americans eat about 10 million tons of sugar per year, we grow most of that ourselves, with less than 2 million tons coming from other countries. The reason candy companies are worried about the domestic sugar supply, she writes, is that an ethanol boom abroad is causing the price of the sweet stuff to increase overseas.

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