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  •  What big sugar wrought - Belle Glade, Florida (5+ / 0-)

    from Wikipedia:  

    About half the sugarcane in the nation is grown in the plains around Belle Glade and nearby Clewiston. . . .

    For a time during the early to mid-1980s, the city had the highest rate of AIDS infection per capita (37 cases in a population of roughly 19,000) in the United States. According to the FBI in 2003 the city had the second highest violent crime rate in the country at 298 per 10,000 residents.

    And it's not much better today.  Big sugar has expoitation of Haitian immigrants down to a science.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 05:59:28 AM PDT

    •  Lots of bad stuff as detailed in two articles, one (0+ / 0-)

      old and another, including sugar issues, today.

      The ugly details, very similar to the tobacco coverups and battles, in "Big Sugar's Sweet Little Lies" with:

      Precisely how did the sugar industry engineer its turnaround [From 1970s public, FTC and FDA concerns]? The answer is found in more than 1,500 pages of internal memos, letters, and company board reports we discovered buried in the archives of now-defunct sugar companies as well as in the recently released papers of deceased researchers and consultants who played key roles in the industry's strategy. They show how Big Sugar used Big Tobacco-style tactics to ensure that government agencies would dismiss troubling health claims against their products.
      The one in today's Washington Post, "‘Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us’ by Michael Moss," is a look at Michael Moss' book of that name.
      Moss is devoted to showing us how ruthless these companies are at exploiting our built-in cravings for salt, sugar and fat, aggressively marketing junk food not just to children but to the poor. The class division becomes even more apparent when Moss asks food scientists and executives at these companies if they drink soda or feed their kids Cheetos and Lunchables (prepackaged trays of bologna, “cheese” and crackers). They don’t. When Moss sits down with Howard Moskowitz, the man who reinvented Dr Pepper, to taste his signature drink, Moskowitz demurs: “I’m not a soda drinker. It’s not good for your teeth.”

      Big Food executives know that eating products like these causes severe health problems, and yet they work hard to make them as irresistible as possible.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:24:17 AM PDT

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