Washington, DC -- August 11, 2011 -- Today, the Coalition for Sugar Reform announced the launch of its new website -- SugarReform.org -- to educate consumers and policymakers about the need for reform of the U.S. sugar program. The Coalition for Sugar Reform is an alliance of consumers, food and beverage manufacturers, trade advocacy groups, environmental organizations, taxpayer watchdog organizations, responsible government advocates, think tanks, and other interests who support reform of U.S. sugar policy.
"The current U.S. sugar program continues to hurt American jobs, increase grocery prices, stifle global trade opportunities and harm the environment," said Larry Graham, Chairman of the Coalition for Sugar Reform and President of the National Confectioners Association. "The time for reform is now. We developed this site to unite our voice online and activate our grassroots efforts to educate lawmakers, stakeholders, and citizens across the country about the importance of reform for U.S. sugar policy."
Features of the site include:
» Why Reform: Detailed information on the true costs of the sugar program -- on consumers, taxpayers, manufacturers, and the environment.
» Sugar-using Jobs Map: Features a map to show the number of sugar-using jobs by state. The Department of Commerce estimates 112,000 jobs were lost in U.S. sugar-using industries between 1997 and 2009, and sugar subsidies played a major part in these job losses.
» Contact Congress: Visitors can contact their Members of Congress directly through the site to stop the unnecessary and wasteful sugar subsidy.
» Resources: A clearinghouse of information on U.S. sugar policy, including an overview of current sugar reform legislation, economic studies on the impact of the sugar program, and issue backgrounders and fact sheets.
» News: Includes press releases and statements, photos and videos from the Coalition for Sugar Reform, calendar of upcoming events, current news related to sugar policy, and more.