Episode 454: The Lollipop War : Planet Money What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers.
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Episode 454: The Lollipop War

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Sugar costs more in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. If you're in the candy business and make millions of lollipops a day, that's a big deal.

On today's show, we visit a lollipop factory in Ohio, whose fifth-generation owners want U.S. sugar to be cheaper, and a sugar-beet field in Minnesota, where fourth-generation farmers want it to be expensive. The two are fighting over one of the largest and oldest and most notorious price control systems in the country.

Music: "Something New"

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