Rotten: 500,000 acres of corporate shame

It's no secret the Everglades are suffering a slow death at the hands of man, largely due to corporate greed and decades of bad water management policy. The solution has been on the books 20 years yet we're still only in the planning stages of the chief component of Everglades restoration: The EAA Reservoir. That's not by accident or government inertia. It's by design.

With the benefit of billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies annually, the sugar cartel's vast wealth has enabled them to develop a network of immense influence. A system, carefully comprised of lobbyists, lawyers, and fake activists that serve only their narrow self-interest. For decades they've dictated water policy in Florida, without breaking a sweat. Big Sugar's reach is extensive, meticulously constructed and invisible to most. 

Last week, Netflix aired their much-anticipated exposé on Big Sugar in their documentary series Rotten. I’ve added the link right below my note to get you there.

Rotten. What a perfect word to describe Big Sugar – an industry that rots our political process, the Everglades and our environment, drinking water supply and wildlife. (Not to mention our health.)


The Netflix episode of "A Sweet Deal" highlights the absolute treachery of Big Sugar – from a history of enslaving workers to buying control in the halls of Congress. For every Floridian, it’s a much-watch. You’ll want to put the lid on your sugar bowl, if you still have one, and throw it in the garbage. And you’ll want to send a note to Governor DeSantis, thanking him for taking them on.

And hopefully, you’ll grow more determined to be a part of ending their malicious reign in Florida. Remember, the threat and power of Big Sugar ultimately lives and dies at the hands of the voters.

Watch Season Two, Episode 4 of Netflix’s series, Rotten. Then get two friends to watch it. If you don’t already have Netflix, one of your friends certainly does. Or you can sign up for a free trial.

The sugar cartel hasn’t just destroyed our water and waterways – they've destroyed the notion of farming in the EAA being in any way a noble industry. We need crops of food. We need a reservoir in the EAA to store, clean and send water south to the Everglades and Florida Bay. What we don't need is 500,000 acres of corporate shame.

The fix is attainable. We would not be working this hard for this long if it wasn’t. Change at this level requires Floridians of all stripes to stand up together. The good news is we’re getting there.

Stick with us! 

Kimberly Mitchell
Executive Director  

ROTTEN. What a perfect word to describe Big Sugar – an industry that rots our political process, our Everglades, environment, drinking water supply and wildlife. (Not to mention our health.)

We’ve been shining a big bright light on their atrocities. In this episode of "Rotten," Netflix does too. "Rotten" Season 2, Episode 4 - A Sweet Deal - is MUST-WATCH.

Netflix, Rotten: This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.


Congressman Brian Mast: “For the last nine out of 11 years, the estuaries have been hit with massive discharges and toxic algae blooms. This summer, things were done differently."

Now, as a result of changing the paradigm of managing water, the sugar cartel is on the warpath and the lawsuits are flying. But as Bob Dylan reminds us, “The times they are a changin’."

WPTV: U.S. Rep. Brian Mast: 'The quality of the water is phenomenal' in the St. Lucie Estuary

“The question is whether legislators are prepared to do more than throwing money at our water problems — or whether there's any appetite for tougher regulations that could make a far bigger difference.”

Governor Ron DeSantis is serious as a heart attack. DEP is working on their regulation proposals as we speak. Our collective job will be to get the Florida Legislature to act.

TC PALM: We've thrown money at Florida's water problems, but we need to do more

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