The Price of Sugar

13 Jul

It’s true. I haven’t wanted to replace my previous post on Brazil because the information in it is extremely important — and personal.

I also have been busy trying to make headway on my book about development aid.

But here is a must-see vide0 from the Guardian about sugar cane cutters in Cambodia, a tough, dirty job — cane is usually burnt before it’s harvested by machete — earning the people you will see a couple of dollars a day, if that. What makes it even worse is that they are working on land that used to be theirs, and was taken away, handed over to a corporation and is producing sugar for consumption in Europe. In other words, the kinds of farming practices that would never be allowed anywhere in Europe or North America are okay as long as it is carried out far away from the consumers.

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