‘Development In Reverse’: How Sugar Drives Land Conflicts Across The World

Driven by rising food and fuel prices and by growing consumer demand, investors have been rapidly expanding large-scale sugar operations.

In 2006, in Cambodia, land clearance began in the Sre Ambel district for a sugar plantation of 18,057 hectares. Nearly 500 families from three villages lost land in the clearing operations. Community members protested, stating they had worked the land since at least 1999 and some of them since as far back as 1979.They say that they were not

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Coke, Pepsi Sugar Supplies Tied To Global Land Grabs, Conflict

A new report is seeking to draw attention to the murky supply lines behind the multinational food and beverage industry.

Cambodia Sugar Cane

WASHINGTON – Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the broader food and soft-drink industry are failing to ensure that their global sugar supply lines are not facilitating “land grabs,” according to new research released this week. The global sugar industry is thought to be worth some $47 billion, with the food and drinks industry using about half of the 176

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Coca-Cola Tries To Keep Up With Growing Health Consciousness

Coca-Cola sales are plummeting in the wake of a growing movement away from sugary soft drinks in the U.S.

Coca-Cola sales are plummeting in the wake of a growing movement away from sugary soft drinks in the U.S. and increasing concerns over the link between sugar, obesity and diabetes. Profits for the global soda giant dropped by 4 percent this quarter, compared to last year at this time. The overall drop was influenced by a total soda sale decline of

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US Government Bails Out Sugar Industry As Doctors Warn Of Obesity Epidemic

Government officials are raising eyebrows by stepping in to prop up the U.S. sugar industry.

A month after the U.S. medical community officially labeled obesity a disease, government officials are raising eyebrows by stepping in to prop up the U.S. sugar industry, the same group that profits from the Twinkies and Ho Hos that slide so frequently and easily down American gullets. In June, the American Medical Association deemed obesity a

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