Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How Big Sugar gets what it wants from Congress

Many of the most influential American agricultural interests are headquartered in specific parts of the country: The majority of peanuts come from Georgia, corn from Iowa and sugar from Florida. But even though agricultural interests have a significant presence in only a small number of congressional districts, they play an inordinately large role in the political landscape of the entire country. The majority of sugar cane might be grown in South Florida, but the industry's political reach extends far beyond the state. [Source:Colorado Independent]
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