Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar's plans to potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in Hendry County, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts.
The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a great investigative story this week about the secrecy surrounding a series of hunting trips frequented by state lawmakers that were almost completely paid for by sugar companies.
Trevor Aaronson: This year's farm bills in the U.S. House and Senate will cut back on many of the subsidies for the nation's agriculture industry. But the price supports that benefit the domestic sugar industry won't be affected, demonstrating just how powerful Big Sugar is on Capitol Hill.
Big Sugar spends big to protect a price support system that costs consumers about $2 billion every year in increased food costs.
Amy Green: Ending the sugar program could harm impoverished Florida communities including Belle Glade and Pahokee.
Ashley Lopez: Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio voted down a measure that would have cut subsidies to the lucrative sugar industry.