Guest commentary: Everglades protection must prevail against the sugar industry

NAPLES DAILY NEWS: June 16, 2016. Written by Kimberly Mitchell, Executive Director at the Everglades Trust. 

We all pay dearly for Florida's sugar industry. It needs to end.

A recent guest commentary in the Naples Daily News from the Florida Sugar Cane League claimed that Florida sugar production is the epitome of family farmers hard at work.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the most recent agricultural census reveals that there are only about 150 sugar "farms" in Florida, two of which account for some 300,000 acres of production — some family enterprise!

To be clear, the Florida Sugar Cane League is speaking for the mammoth Florida sugar barons — U.S. Sugar and Florida Crystals. The guest commentary criticizes those working hard to restore America's Everglades by calling them "so-called defenders of the environment."

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