The Shape of Things to Come: Like Oil, Goes Sugar

The Wall Street Journal notes that sugar, the eternal subsidy crop in the States, is no longer a food crop but is now an energy crop, and that the futures prices have gone through the roof as investors anticipate its use as a source for ethanol. It may be better for our teeth but Brazil now diverts 52% of its sugar crop to ethanol, and other parts of the world will follow. Expect more land to be cleared for it; expect more subsidies for sugar beets and other crops; expect very expensive Hershey bars, as we turn our continent into one big subsidized energy farm.

UPDATE: read story picked up by ::Post-Gazette

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