Thursday, October 4, 2007

Slavery aint Your Artificial Sweetener

How do you take your coffee? Your tea? What about your cakes and pies, Whether boxed or homemade? How often do we think of the words "cash crop" in our highly technological, Starbucks, processed food sorta world? Many of us never have occasion to think of how things like, coffee, salt, or sugar get to our tables. The quick and dirty answer in the case of many of these products and particularly in this case sugar, is one word---Slavery.

Please view this clip--

We are staring into the faces of ourselves. The children cutting cane in this trailer are the children we send to school everyday. There was a question about Christianity on a blog site to which I offered my 2 cents regarding the merits of mainstream faith.
The Priest depicted in this clip is one of the few examples of positive, grassroots, champion-of-the meek, Christian leadership that I have seen in a long time (of course, who am I? A heathen at best and a Pagan at worst).
I have heard Some say that life is cheap, I say brown life is not cheap it's free in far too many instances...and is still the one commodity that will thrive to replenish itself even in the face of genocide (The kind of life lived by our brothers and sisters in this documentary is slow, painful, genocide).

How much does a bag of that Imperial Pure Cane sugar in the cupboard set us back I wonder? I'll be damned if the proof ain't in the very title.

The Documentary is a limited release film and will not be available in all cities for some time after it's release this month. For a list of cinemas showing the very important documentary please go to The Price of Sugar
You may also request to host a screening on your school campus or for your organization or community group by emailing the contacts on the site.
Their Take Action Page allows you to write your congressman and encourages you to buy products from producers who label their products with the stamp "Fair Trade Certified™".


PurpleZoe said...

Thankyou for posting this.
The word has to spread about this.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

Yep, ditto.

dc_speaks said...

I agree with purplezoe.

this needs to be spread out...

excellent post!

Villager said...

I had not heard of this situation before. I will share with villagers today...

Mega Rich said...

I was thinking the same thing. Thanks for shedding light on this.

Y'all trying to wake up the activist in me.

skeet said...

Mahalo for posting this. It's going to be very painful watching the film, but thinking people need to do so anyway. We all need to be more aware of the origins of the products we consume.

Visiting for the Carnival of Injustice. Gald you submitted this post!