023: Sugar, European Farmers and Fair trade.

Sugar beet production in Europe provides an example of the world-scale complications which can be caused by a large industry which has been built up on the foundation of subsidised production.

Year of Publication2003

Liberalisation of world trade over the next decade will make it more and more difficult for the EU to continue subsidising its sugar beet industry and without subsidy the industry will be drastically reduced and maybe even killed off altogether. The benefits could be gained by some of the poorest countries in the world which will win access to markets which give them the opportunity to build up their own sugar cane production.

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