The Price of Sugar

Ever wonder where sugar comes from?

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There has been a long history between sugar and slavery since the days where white trade corporations decimated poor Africans back in the early 1500s-late 1800s and sold them off to slave plantations in the United States and the Caribbean.

Yes folks, Sugar, 'the white gold' started the Slave trade back in the 1500s.

Sugar, Slavery and the Americas went hand in hand, like the Devil in a threesome.

Here's a new documentary, The Price of Sugar (to be released worldwide in Nov 2007), about the present state of slavery in our modern world. The documentary has been in the makings for a few years and was pretty much talked about in the torrent world since its gorgeous photo journalistic images were released.

What do you mean by slavery in our modern times? Extremely low wages(way below any min. wage level) , treated like dogs in bad working environment.

As with most of the documentaries out there, it's all about a White activist Spanish priest trying to help the black impoverished natives of Haiti. Consider it is quite ironical, since it was the Spanish Catholic priests back in the 1500s that encouraged the slave trade in the Americas.

A Catholic priest named Bartolomé de las Casas asked King Ferdinand of Spain to protect the Taino Indians of the Caribbean by importing African slaves instead, hence started the whole slave trade.)

It does bring out the issue, the corrupted globalised trade commodity corporations.

Does that make you wonder about the food source we eat? How they get produced, who produces them?

Well, do you even care? I don't think You really Care! You selfish bastard! WAKE UP!

Go watch the documentary!

From the website,

"The Price of Sugar" follows a charismatic Spanish priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people, challenging powerful interests profiting from their work. When he arrives in the Dominican Republic, he's warned against entering the sugar plantations where most of his parishioners live. Breaking a centuries old taboo, he discovers shocking examples of modern-day slavery intrinsic to the global sugar trade.

On an island known for tropical beauty, tourists flock to escape winter and relax with little knowledge that just a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians are toiling away in unseen plantations harvesting sugarcane most of which ends up in the United States. Cutting cane by machete, they work 12 hour days, 7 days a week frequently without access to decent housing, electricity, clean water, education, healthcare and adequate nutrition. Often they are stateless, with neither Dominican nor Haitian identity and virtually invisible in the eyes of the law.

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