The sugar program cost the Agriculture Department $280 million in fiscal 2013 with more losses expected next year, and Congress failed to add reforms to the next five-year farm bill. Big Sugar wants a "zero-for-zero" policy where the U.S. stops messing with sugar prices when the rest of the world does as well. The Washington Post editorial board argues that "demanding 'zero-for-zero' amounts to an excuse for perpetuating policies that benefit U.S. producers at the expense of food processors and consumers…The United States should stand for free trade in sugar and against protectionism."

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