I found this little blurb in a booklet from Canadian Foodgrains Bank … it made me think, I hope it makes you think too!
The origin of each calorie we consume is the sun. Through photosynthesis, God’s miracle gift of energy for the earth, plants brilliantly transform rays of sunlight into carbohydrates we consume as energy. We take part in this gift each time we reach for the sugar bowl, bite into a doughnut, or for that matter, when we start our cars. Huge volumes of land and resources are required to grow sugar, and in many cases small subsistence farmers are displaced. The cane industry, once synonymous with slavery, now also competes with corn for making ethanol used in fuel and high fructose corn syrup in processed foods. Sugar has become pervasive in our global diet. Whether for fuel or for the sugar we put in our tea, can we taste the impact that this energy and commodity crop has on land and labourer?
Small Change? Will you consider reducing your sugar use, including processed foods that have forms of sugar near the top of the ingredient list.
***The 9 main sugar exporting countries together allocate 14 millions hectares of agricultural land for producing sugar cane, equal to a third of all arable land in Canada! (Or about the size of the countries of either Greece or Nepal!)