Last month, the Coalition for Sugar Reform sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman urging a complete Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that includes expanded sugar market access. Due to U.S. import restrictions and subsidies, Americans pay almost twice as much per pound than the rest of the globe for sugar. The federal sugar program authorizes sugar manufacturers nonrecourse loans directly correlated to the amount of sugar the government says they can produce at a set price each year. Currently, this is set at 18.75 cents per pound for raw cane sugar and 24.09 cents for a pound of refined beet sugar. Due to a price guarantee in the loan, sugar processors can make a profit whether or not the market price is above the loan price; clearly, they have no objections to this extraordinarily beneficial arrangement.