Big Sugar: No Honest Broker 

“You’re just not getting enough sugar in your diet,” said no doctor to me or the Everglades, ever.

From the food on our plates to our air and waterways, our political systems and the Everglades, sugar is proving to be a significant adversary. It doesn’t have to be this way for their business to thrive, of course, but they have grown accustomed to doing whatever it is they want. For them, the power is so intoxicating that they’ve lost sight of anything resembling reason.

No reasonable person would believe it’s okay to burn toxins right next to an elementary school. No rational person would think it proper to force trillions of gallons of polluted water onto their neighbors, year after year. No honest broker would believe it proper to force the taxpayers to clean up their mess.

Yet, that’s what Florida and the Everglades have been living with for decades. To this day, Big Sugar defends it all with a straight face.

Wrestling away their lock on power and control over our waterways is not easy. They have an army of people who depend on that power – lobbyists, lawyers, consultants. There’s roughly 1,000 of them, but 22 million of us.

Stick with us!

Kimberly Mitchell
Executive Director  

They have known the dangerous consequences of the pre-harvest burns for decades, but as they do with everything they touch – our Everglades, our health and our political system – Big Sugar and their henchmen have written the scripts and have gotten away with far too much. Until now.

TC PALM: Everglades area air pollution from sugar cane burning increases cancer, asthma risks

Two newspapers in Southwest Florida are hosting their 3rd Annual Water Summit in Ft. Myers. Governor DeSantis spends some time explaining what's happening right now and next steps to the 600 people in the room, but for all Floridians.

WATCH NOW: Governor DeSantis talks progress and next steps at Save Our Water Summit

“There is not a singular cause of our water quality issues. Some factors are within control, some are uncontrollable, and some are consequential. Combined, they all impact our water quality. The better you understand this relational concept, the better-suited you are to form your own opinions and perspectives on future issues.” - Captains For Clean Water

Captains: 2018 versus 2019 - Florida’s water crisis idle, but not over

DEP is working on regulations for the disposal of partially treated human waste, known as biosolids, on farms and ranches throughout Florida. Along with reasonable regulations on farming practices and public utilities disposing human waste in atrocious ways, including injecting it into the aquifers, Floridians could see dramatic improvements.

TC PALM: DEP mulls sewage sludge rules; Treasure Coast urges ban on algal-bloom causing biosolids

“The introduction of sugar slavery to the New World changed everything. The true Age of Sugar had begun — and it was doing more to reshape the world than any ruler, empire or war had ever done.”

Floridians deserve to understand in its entirety a crop and a mindset that is killing the Everglades.

NEW YORK TIMES: The Barbaric History of Sugar in America

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Thank you, Hands Along The Water. Your message is powerful: Think globally, act locally.

On the left, waterways in 2018 enduring a pummeling of toxic, cyanobacteria-laden discharges from Lake Okeechobee.

On the right, waterways in 2019 with no toxic discharges. Any questions?

NEWS-PRESS: Before and after images show devastation, recovery from toxic algae in Southwest Florida

It's a little windy where Daniel and Chris, founders of Captains For Clean Water, are speaking to us from in Ft. Myers, but their update is spot on. If you have a few minutes today, you should take a listen.

We 💛 the Captains!

MUST WATCH: The latest update with Captain Daniel Andrews and Captain Chris Wittman

Must Watch Video: A Wilmington, NC, couple lost three dogs last week hours after playing in a pond contaminated with the algae, drawing national attention to the dangers the bacteria pose to pets.

“It is the most horrific death that you could ever experience. Our dogs did not die peacefully. That water was completely clear.”

USA TODAY: Couple loses three dogs hours after they played in pond with toxic algae

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