CAFTA fight: sugar vs. silicon

The battle over the Central America Free Trade Agreement pits the tech industry against sugar beet and sugarcane producers, according to a Mercury News story posted Saturday (registration required).

Labor groups have taken a stand against the proposed trade pact, but the story indicates the relatively tiny sugar industry alone may succeed in gumming up CAFTA.

"The battle over a proposed Central American trade deal has in some ways become a fight between the $610 billion high-tech industry and the $10 billion U.S. sugar industry," the story states. "So far, sugar's winning."
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