The Zero-for-Zero Approach
The U.S. sugar industry supports a “zero-for-zero” approach: if foreign countries were to give up their market-distorting subsidies, the United States would give up its existing sugar policy.
Absent foreign subsidies, a true free market could form, and the world market price would rise to reflect the actual cost of producing sugar. American sugar producers could compete – without its existing policy – on a genuine level playing field, where prices reflect the actual cost of producing sugar.
Representatives Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) have introduced H.Con.Res. 43, a bipartisan bill that seeks to zero out foreign subsidies. This legislation preserves family farms and good-paying jobs, while maintaining a strong and stable domestic supply chain for sugar.