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No, because it was only subsidised in Europe because it was more expensive than the Brazilian one. The subsidy was given to European farmers so that they could sell at Brazilian prices without taking the loss.

The de facto effect is to lower the international price of sugar, and to cut the profits that Brazilian producers could have made. The price that domestic sugar consumers in Brazil would have gotten without European subsidies in place would have depended on whether the government allowed Brazilian producers to sell internally at world prices or at domestic production prices.

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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 03:04:17 AM EST
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