Stop Dominican Sugar Slavery - Know The Truth About The Sugar You Eat
Dominican Watchdog has initiated an international campaign to gain attention to the poor conditions and salaries for sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic. The campaign has focus on educating American consumers, but will target All English speaking markets. Our campaign motto is: Know The Truth About The Sugar You Eat - Boycott Cheerios, Boycott Haagen-Dazs, Boycott Betty Crocker, Boycott Kraft Foods, Boycott Hershey's, Boycott Domino Sugar.

 

 

Apart from educating the world about child workers and slavery like conditions in the DR, our campaign also have focus on the enormous difference between the cost of production(due to low salaries) and the extreme high sales price(there is NO  tax on sugar in the USA, but merely monopoly due to extensive lobbying). American consumers are paying double the world market price for their sugar and part of this huge profit is used by Sugar Barons to lobby the government and getting millions of dollars in subsides every year!!

 

Fanjuls at Center of Sugar Lobby

Politics have always been complicated for the powerful Fanjul family, sugar barons who own Florida Crystals, Domino Sugar and other sugar operations around the world.

They often lobby for big-government actions such as price supports, quotas and tariffs, while supporting candidates who run on small-government platforms.

The Fanjul name hit the headlines again last week when the Palm Beach Post, after poring over thousands of Wikileaks documents, published a story describing their efforts to block the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

In diplomatic cables, the State Department accused Jose “Pepe” Fanjul and representatives of his family’s Dominican company, Central Romana, of aggressively opposing the pact, which was a priority of the George W. Bush administration. At the same time, the Fanjuls were contributors to Bush.

A lawyer for the family has denied to the Post any wrongdoing by the family.

The Fanjul empire began in Cuba more than a century ago. Family members quietly left the country, leaving behind a large fortune and an impressive art collection, after Fidel Castro took over. The Fanjul residence in Havana, which housed the collection, is now the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba.

Now the Fanjuls are major players the U.S. sugar market, where government-imposed import restrictions help ensure profitability.

When the General Accounting Office last assessed federal sugar programs, in 2000, it found that trade restrictions were costing manufacturers and consumers nearly $2 billion annually.

Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) and Rep. Robert J. Dold (R-IL) last year introduced legislation, the Free Sugar Act of 2011, aimed at ending the tariff system.

The U.S. sugar program, Lugar argued, “imposes a hidden tax of billions of dollars annually on consumers and businesses and has destroyed thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs. It substitutes the federal government for the private sector in basic decisions about buying and selling, supply and price.”

The battle pits food and beverage manufacturers, who want access to cheaper sugar, against the domestic sugar industry, with Fanjul enterprises at the center of the conflict.

Florida Crystals, the world’s largest producer of refined cane sugar, owns mills and refineries in six countries.

The company spent $520,000 on lobbying activities in the first three quarters of 2011. Another Fanjul company, Domino Sugar, is a registered lobby client but reported spending less than $5,000 in each quarter.

Florida Crystals is also a member of the Florida Sugar Cane League, which spent nearly $459,000 on lobbying in the first three quarters. The trade group employs Cornerstone Government Affairs and the Macon Edwards Company.

Issues on which Florida Crystals lobbied in 2011 included foreign trade, tariffs, tax credits and biofuels.

(Biofuel has become a side business, as sugar cane waste is used to produce electricity. Florida Crystals runs a plant in Florida that powers a sugar mill and refinery and sells its surplus to Florida Power & Light.)

Florida Crystals Vice President Parks D. Shackelford, a registered lobbyist for the company, is a former deputy administrator of the Agriculture Department.

Members of the Fanjul family contribute to both Democrats and Republicans, many of whom are members of the House and Senate agriculture committees.

This week, Pepe Fanjul and wife Emilia are co-chairing a Florida fundraiser for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Coalition Builder Image of Florida Crystals Lobbying and PAC Activity

 

 Fundraiser Hosted By ‘Sugar Baron’ Accused Of ‘Modern Day Slavery’ - UPDATE w/ VIDEO!

 

Ship delivers largest sugar cargo ever to Domino plant - 95 million pounds of sugar will take 16 days to unload !!

 

(baltimoresun.com) - With the wind whipping granules through the sweet-smelling air, Monday could have been just another day on the Domino Sugars docks in South Baltimore.

But workers in orange coveralls unloading raw sugar from a massive cargo ship were making company history.

In its nearly 90 years, the Domino refinery never before has received such a large single shipment of raw sugar — more than 95 million pounds.

Moreover, Monday's arrival of the vessel Simon Schulte marked the largest single shipment of raw sugar ever to any port east of the Mississippi River, Domino officials said. It will take 16 days to unload the cargo.

"It's the largest shipment that's ever come through here," said Kelly DeAngelo, process manager for American Sugar Refining Inc., Domino's parent company, which refines the Domino brand in Baltimore, New York, Louisiana, California and Europe. "Keeping stocked with sugar is critical."

Just docking the 600-foot-long, 100-foot-wide bulk cargo ship at Domino's Locust Point pier was an accomplishment, requiring two tugboats that spun the vessel 180 degrees before pushing it alongside the dock. In about 20 minutes, the Simon Schulte was tied up.

Once U.S. customs agents checked the vessel, which arrived from Guatemala, workers sprang into action. They hung giant tarps over the side of the ship to catch any sugar spills and opened hatches on deck to reveal what looked like enormous sandboxes.

From his perch in a cab 150 feet above the dock, veteran crane operator Chuck Terry had a sweeping view of Baltimore's harbor and the long ship below. His equipment can withstand winds of 40 miles per hour, so he kept working despite 35-mph gusts that set the crane rattling. A crane farther down the dock stopped operating to wait until the wind died down.

Terry focused on controlling a swinging bucket attached to the crane with cables. He lowered the bucket — which can lift about 4,500 pounds of sugar — digging it into the sand-colored raw sugar, scooping a load and swinging it over a chute on the dock.

The bucket dipped in smoothly, a sign the sugar was of good quality, Terry said. Dumped down the chute, the sugar slid onto long conveyor belts that rolled toward a weighing station and then into a gigantic storage shed.

Domino officials say it's fitting that the historic delivery comes as the refinery prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary next month. When the Domino plant opened on Baltimore's harbor in 1922, workers unloaded sugar into burlap sacks by hand.

The port of Baltimore has ranked No. 1 nationally each of the past two years for handling imported and domestic raw cane sugar, all of which comes into Domino's privately run terminal, port officials said. The port imported about 800,000 tons of sugar last year.

The Domino plant, which employs 500 people and can refine between 120 million and 140 million pounds of raw sugar a month, receives shipments from South America, Central America, South Africa and the Dominican Republic.

The plant ships bulk sugar by rail or truck to industrial customers, such as Hershey's, General Mills and Kraft Foods Inc., as well as packaged products to customers such as Walmart.

When Yonkers, N.Y.-based American Sugar heard the Simon Schulte was available, it asked the Baltimore plant to assess whether it could dock the huge ship. American Sugar, part of a cooperative with Florida Crystals and the world's biggest cane sugar refining company, is starting to rely on larger vessels to get raw materials to its plants as a way to lower transportation costs, company officials said.

It took some careful calculations to be sure the berth's 38-foot depth would be adequate for the Simon Schulte, DeAngelo said.

"We don't want to get this stuck," he said.

Shortly after its arrival Monday, Homeland Security agents boarded the ship to check crew members' visas and search the ship. Accompanying them was Thomas Dow, a ship's agent representing CSC Sugar, the Connecticut-based shipper.

"Any time a vessel comes through the Panama Canal, they have to search the vessel and check the rooms for stowaways," Dow said after disembarking and getting clearance for the unloading to start.

Below deck, some crew members met with the Rev. Mary Davisson, director of the Baltimore International Seafarers' Center, which assists foreign crew members. Davisson, whose organization's volunteers visit ships in port, said some of the 20 or so Simon Schulte sailors, many of whom are Filipino, had visited Baltimore before.

"There was a lot of conversation about U.S. security rules and how difficult it is for them trying to go ashore now than [it was] five or six years ago," she said. "Now they need security escorts, so that's a role for us. This crew was talking about going shopping to Walmart and Best Buy and coming to the Seafarers' Center — those are pretty common requests."

She said the "sugar ships" typically stay in port 10 days to two weeks — "but this will be in a long time, even for a sugar ship."

When the first piles of sugar began moving down the conveyor belts, DeAngelo scooped up a handful to do an initial visual assessment.

"It looks pretty good," he said into his hand-held radio.

"That's good," the reply came back, "since there are 95 million pounds of it."

 

Read also: Sugar’s everywhere. It’s addictive, it’s toxic, and, in the end, we all have to pay for it, if not with our health, then at least in our taxes - There’s undoubtedly a correlation between our increased sugar intake and this explosion in obesity, diabetes and other metabolic problems. One interesting fact is that, year on year, we’re buying fewer actual bags of sugar — “visible sugar”. The big increases are in “invisible sugar” — the sugar the food industry sneaks into things read more

 

Must See: The truth about sugar cane slaves and child workers in DR, photo by photo

     

YOU MUST SEE these two photoblogs from Washington Post and msnbc.com!!  For decades, Haitians have been fleeing the turmoil of their country to work as seasonal laborers in the sugar cane industry in the Dominican Republic, where living and working conditions are often extremely poor, with limited access to health care, no running water or sanitary facilities, and a lack of electricity....... Read about the Sugar Barons behind the child workers and slavery like conditions!

 

 

Below the truth about the Sugar Barons!

 

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Know The Truth About The Sugar You Eat - Boycott Cheerios, Boycott Haagen-Dazs, Boycott Betty Crocker, Boycott Kraft Foods, Boycott Hershey's, Boycott Domino Sugar - similar sites to be setup on facebook in near future!

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