Sugar prices rising worldwide after bad weather tied to El Nino damages crops in Asia


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India endured its driest August in over a century, and crops in the western state of Maharashtra, which accounts for over a third of its sugarcane production, were stunted during the crucial growing phase.

India has one of the highest arable land areas in the world, yet only about half of it is irrigated. The rest depends on monsoons, and this despite the powerful farm lobby and the substantial farmer vote bank which has its grip on Indian politicians.

The world’s most populated nation is also the biggest consumer of sugar and is now restricting sugar exports.

Indians should stop eating and distributing sweets during Diwali. It will be good for India's huge population of diabetics and good for sugar prices in the international market.

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Refined sugar is bad for you. Maybe we could all use a little less.

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Wealthier Western nations can absorb the higher costs

but maybe only part of, like the news article authors in their golden bubble

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Our raw sugar intake is very small. A spoonful of brown sugar in my dough when I'm making bread.

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