The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is now airing an eye-opening documentary, "Big Sugar: Sweet, White & Deadly."
Thanks so much to Anita in my free, online KickSugar group for telling us about this film. Here's what she wrote to my group:
"I wanted to tell you that I watched Part 1 of the CBC documentary on sugar. It was unbelievable. Did you know that in the US, the 3 major sugar companies are all subsidized by the government? Yup, only country in the world where that happens.
"They interviewed the head of one of these companies (run by a family in Florida). They have a sugar farm in the Dominican Republic.
"His workers on his farm eat only once a day, are prevented from growing their own vegetables and, if they are recruited from Haiti, often are never given back their passports. The reporter indicated that this man's one son lives in an $8 million U.S. house while the other lives in an $11 million U.S. house in Florida.
"Meanwhile, their workers in the Dominican have to cut, BY HAND, one tonne of sugar cane PER DAY in order to get their daily wages. Their kids often help out in order to make the quota.
"If there ever was a reason to kick sugar, the human rights issues are enough. I am so disgusted after seeing this. (And the CBC is known for its journalistic integrity. So this isn't made up.
"Part 2 of "Big Sugar" will be this Tuesday, Sept 27 from 9-10 EST."
Thanks, Anita, for sharing!
Now, here's the description from Galafilm, which produced the documentary.
"Written and Directed by Brian McKenna
"Big Sugar explores the dark history and modern power of the world's reigning sugar cartels. Using dramatic reenactments, it reveals how sugar was at the heart of slavery in the West Indies in the 18th century, while showing how present-day consumers are slaves to a sugar-based diet. A lost chapter of Canadian history is discovered, illustrating how 18th century sugar lobbyists in England used blackmail and bribes to determine the fate of Canada."
Can't wait to get ahold of a copy of this extraordinary sounding documentary!