Sugar Subsidy Spurs Battle Between Growers And Candy Makers04:02
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A harvester cuts and fills a tractor with sugar cane in Clewiston, Fla., Friday, Nov. 7, 2003. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)
A harvester cuts and fills a tractor with sugar cane in Clewiston, Fla., Friday, Nov. 7, 2003. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)

The average American consumes nearly 40 pounds of refined sugar a year.

Behind all those sweets, a heated battle is taking place over whether the government should continue a program to help out sugar growers.

Candy manufacturers say the program keeps the price of sugar artificially high, and want to see it ended.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Bill Wheelhouse of Harvest Public Media reports.

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This segment aired on July 25, 2013.

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