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A Restructured Industry

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/9780226349480.003.0006
A Restructured Industry

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This chapter considers the challenges posed by the rapid growth of plantation production in rural Florida. The geographic expansion of the industry raised new questions about the treatment of labor and the downstream environmental impacts of agriculture in the Everglades Agricultural Area. From 1965 to 1985, the sugar question gained prominence during successive administrations, as presidents from Lyndon Johnson through Jimmy Carter sought to achieve a balance in U.S. sugar policy between foreign policy initiatives and domestic political realities. Moreover, each administration sought not only to balance U.S. sugar policy, but to use sugar quotas as the means to build and maintain circles of influence in foreign affairs that extended beyond the realm of commodity interests per se. In the context of the Cold War, sugar was still seen as a tool of regional agro-industrial development; however, the emphasis was on foreign rather than domestic regional development.

Keywords: sugar production; sugar industry; rural Florida; labor; environmental impact; Everglades Agricultural Area; sugar policy; sugar quotas

Chapter.  15449 words. 

Subjects: Environmental History

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