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Lafayette Daily Advertiser - Sugar farmers carry on despite prices, diet trends (2014-05-27)) - 5/27/2014 -

Lafayette Daily Advertiser - Sugar farmers carry on despite prices, diet trends(2014-05-27)

(Editor's note: The Advertiser cited incorrect sugar consumption numbers in their article. The correct number for American refined sugar consumption is 39.9 pounds, or 1.7 ounces per day).

If oil is Louisiana's economic bloodstream, a lot of Louisianans would suggest sugar is the state economy's warm heart that cherishes tradition.

Priests still bless the lush green fields each year. Sugar festivals still feature queens in snowy gowns and glittery crowns. Sugar farmers seemed impossible to panic despite floods, freezes and tough times. During the Great Depression, Acadian farmers made extra cash selling freshly cut cane stalks at roadside stands to travelers. But now, many Louisiana farmers wonder how many more years they can survive what have been record low sugar prices. READ THE STORY


 

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