chapter  9
23 Pages

Sugar

ByELIZABETH ABBOTT

Sugar has the humblest of origins – sugarcane is a grass and sugar beet a vegetable – but its global impact has been formidable. In myriad ways, the sugar industry and culture have appropriated the power of its intrinsic deliciousness and seductiveness and used it to forcibly alter the world’s topography, demography, labor systems, culture, health, environment and the way international commerce conducts its business.