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From Everglades to Sugar Bowl and Back Again?

in Raising Cane in the 'Glades

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780226349503
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226349480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226349480.003.0001
From Everglades to Sugar Bowl and Back Again?

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This chapter focuses on the political struggles over the ecological “restoration” of the Everglades, describing the criticisms leveled against the sugar industry for the negative environmental impact of cane cultivation, and the politics and economics of plantation production in south Florida. It discusses how the activities of sugarcane producers affect the downstream ecology, and addresses the “sugar question,” which refers to the intense international debates on the political economy of global sugar production and trade. The sugar question can be understood as a series of international and domestic political disputes and compromises over the use of various instruments employed to control global trade in the commodity. These instruments include bounties, tariffs, duties, and quotas. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Everglades ecology; sugar industry; sugarcane production; sugarcane producers; downstream ecology; sugar question; global trade

Chapter.  6435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental History

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